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THE Turks have always owed their power to the dissensions of Christendom. Quarrels between the Greeks and Bulgars first opened the Balkan Peninsula to the Sultans. In 1453 Christianity allowed Constantinople to fall into the hands of Mahomet II. In the nineteenth century Anglo-Russian rivalry preserved the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. In the twentieth century, at the close of the World War, it was Anglo-French rivalry that allowed Turkey, guilty and defeated, exhausted and disheartened, to reestablish herself on both sides of the Straits and to set up her power anew in Constantinople, where, for the first time since the

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