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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846   By:

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BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

NO. CCCLXIV. FEBRUARY, 1846. VOL. LIX.

CONTENTS.

SERVIA AND THE "SERVIAN QUESTION," 129

THE STUDENT OF SALAMANCA. PART IV., 149

SOMETHING MORE ABOUT MUSIC, 169

MARTHA BROWN, 184

MARLBOROUGH. NO. III., 195

RECOLLECTIONS OF A LOVER OF SOCIETY, 215

IT'S ALL FOR THE BEST, 231

A PEEP INTO THE WHIG PENNY POST BAG, 247

EAST AND WEST, 248

AN APOLOGY FOR A REVIEW, 249

EDINBURGH: WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS, 45, GEORGE STREET; AND 37, PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.

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PRINTED BY BALLANTYNE AND HUGHES, EDINBURGH.

BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

NO. CCCLXIV. FEBRUARY, 1846. VOL. LIX.

SERVIA AND THE "SERVIAN QUESTION."

The principality of Servia was, a few years since, scarcely known to the English public except as an obscure province of the Ottoman empire, into which few travellers had penetrated; and of the population, internal resources, &c., of which, little information existed, and little curiosity was felt. But the singular political drama of which it has lately been the theatre, and the patriotic resolution by which its people, though deprived of support from their legitimate suzerain, the Sultan, menaced by the power of Russia, and abandoned to their fate by the other great powers of Europe, have yet succeeded in establishing their independence, and maintaining in his place the ruler whom they had chosen, has invested Servia with a degree of interest in the eyes of Europe, which gives value to whatever tends to dispel our ignorance of a country, which, by the new position it has assumed, has shown good title to take rank as "the youngest member of the European family." A work, therefore, which should give the same clear insight, even to a limited extent, into the present condition and future prospects of Servia, as was given some years since in regard to Hungary and Transylvania, by the well known volumes of Mr Paget, would at this time be a valuable addition to our literature; but we are compelled to say, that this desideratum is far from being adequately supplied by the publication now before us. The author's descriptive powers are by no means of a high order; mountain and valley, castle and river, pass before us, in his pages, without any definite impression being produced of their features or scenery; and while page after page is filled with criticisms of the accommodations and cuisine at his different halting places, and verbatim reports of dialogues, on trivial subjects, between Author , on the one part, and Renegade , Cadi , Dervish , President , and other dramatis personæ , on the other, we look in vain for that extent and accuracy of information which we might have expected from a traveller who has enjoyed more than ordinary opportunities of mixing familiarly with Servians of all ranks and degrees, from the prince to the peasant and making himself acquainted with their feelings and national character. The deficiency of political information would appear even more remarkable. Though the author was personally acquainted with M. Petronevich, one of the leaders of the National party, whom he visited in his exile at Widdin; and though he was subsequently resident at Belgrade for some time after the restoration of this able minister and his colleague, M. Wucicz, to their country, scarcely an allusion escapes him throughout, to the political movements which led either to their banishment or their recall... Continue reading book >>


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