SKINNER, John Edwin Hilary. Turkish Rule in Crete. London, Paris & New York, published for the Eastern Question Association, 1877.
8vo. Original printed wrappers, backstrip renewed; pp. 20; occasional very light spotting; a good copy.
~b~Rare first edition of this concise history of Crete under Turkish rule, including various natianal uprisings against the Ottomans. The Eastern Question Association was a pressure group which wanted to convince the British Government to take a tougher position towards the Ottoman Empire by for example orpenly supporting the Bulgarian uprising. Skinner was a war journalist and writer, who in 1867 'ran the blockade into Crete, and in Roughing it in Crete (1867) advocated the cession of Crete to Greece. This, he contended, would not only conciliate liberal opinion, but would concentrate the Turkish power. Nine years later, on this same subject he contributed Turkish Rule in Crete, denouncing the "blighting effect" of Turkish misgovernment, to the Papers on the Eastern Question' (ODNB).