By Richard Stoneman

From Herodotus to Freya Stark, writers were encouraged by way of Turkey, a diversified state on the crossroads of background, for millennia. the following, Richard Stoneman describes in energetic element the extraordinary literature they produced. At a time while Turkey’s place at the fringe will be set to alter to a deeper involvement in Europe, the necessity to comprehend the rustic is much more compelling. the variety of shuttle writing represented during this ebook exhibits how, whereas political conditions could swap, the trap of Turkey continues to be constant.

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Víctor Duruy, autor de la Historia de los romanos, habla, algo influido por Eurckhardt, del elemento religioso en Constantino como de “un honrado y tranquilo deísmo que formaba su religión”. Según Duruy, Constantino “comprendió muy pronto que el cristianismo correspondía por su dogma fundamental a su propia creencia en un Dios único”. No obstante, las consideraciones políticas desempeñaban en él papel esencial: “Como Bonaparte procurando conciliar la Iglesia y la Revolución, Constantino se proponía hacer vivir en paz, el uno junto al otro, el antiguo y el nuevo régimen, aunque favoreciendo a este último.

En virtud de aquel edicto, los cristianos —así como los adeptos de todas las religiones— obtenían libertad plena y entera de abrazar la fe que habían elegido. Todas las medidas tomadas contra ellos quedaban abolidas. “A partir de este día — declara el edicto— que aquel que quiera seguir la fe cristiana la siga libre y sinceramente, sin ser inquietado ni molestado de otra manera. Hemos querido hacer conocer esto a Tu Excelencia (esto es, el prefecto de Nicomedia) de la manera más precisa, para que no ignores que hemos concedido a los cristianos la libertad más completa y más absoluta de practicar su culto.

Y pesada por los que, hoy, esperan el reparto de la herencia del “enfermo del Bósforo”. Además, dice: “En lo que respecta a la herencia dejada por Bizancio, sería engañarnos el creer que depende de nosotros evitar un papel activo en la liquidación de esa herencia. Aunque en general dependa del heredero aceptar o rehusar una herencia, el papel de Rusia en la cuestión de Oriente le ha sido legado por la historia y ninguna voluntad humana puede modificarlo en nada, a menos de que algún cataclismo imprevisto no nos haga olvidarlo, quitándonos el recuerdo de aquello de lo cual hemos vivido y ha sido el fin de nuestras aspiraciones y estado vinculado a nuestros sufrimientos”.

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