During the Greek uprising against the Ottoman Turks during the eighteenth century, Western Europe and most Greeks supported the rebellion while the Turkish Muslims opposed it. The Europeans requested the nations of Europe to help Greece gain independence because this was also a holy war between Christianity and Islam. The Greeks rose up against the Turks because they wanted to become an independent nation again, although some opposed the changes happening within their own nation. The Ottoman Turks tried to resist the rebellion because they did not want to lose the land and resources they gained from occupying Greece. The Europeans of the eighteenth century (also Christians) supported the Greeks by spreading word of their harsh occupation and asking Europe to unite against the Turks (also Muslims).
Percy Bysshe Shelley, and English poet, said, “Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts
have their roots in Greece,” in his preface to the poem “Hellas”. This quote states that European
culture is similar to Greek culture and that the English believed that Greek culture was worth saving (Doc 7).
Claude Etienne Savary, a French scholar talked about the “injuries…which they [the Turks] have done to the sciences, the arts, and the human race,” again show
ing how appreciative Europeans were of Greek culture (Doc 3). The Europeans were also Christians, meaning they wanted to give Greece back to the suppressed followers of Christ and take it from the occupying Muslim Turks.
In Sneyd Davis’ poem, “To His Friend and Neighbor Dr. Thomas Taylor”, it said, “In the grove
where Plato taught -
A stupid Turk is preaching ignorance.” He shows his dislike of the Muslims by first calling the Turk “stupid” and then calling Islam “ignorance” (Doc 1). Edward Blaquiere,
an English organizer for the London Greek Committee, told the people of London about the
murder of “the head of the Greek Orthodox Church.”
His statement makes the Muslims seem ruthless and barbaric because the man they murdered was