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Beyond Victoriana #83 Enichari Corps: Slaves in the Ottoman Military — Guest Blog by Harry Markov





When I agreed to write the series about Bulgaria under the Ottoman rule as a suitable stage for the steampunk genre, I underestimated the challenge these articles present. I want to deliver a portrayal of a complicated and cruel span of five centuries in Bulgarian history. At the same time I’m dealing with controversial and sensitive material, given that the Ottoman occupation has hindered Bulgaria’s access to Europe during the time of the Industrial Revolution.… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on July 11, 2011 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Beyond Victoriana #74 “War, Steampunk, Bulgaria”--Guest Blog by Harry Markov

Bulgarian soldiers from the 19th century



My post’s title says it all--or at the very least I hope it does. At one point I figured that I’d like to write about the probability of Bulgarian steampunk developing as a genre niche and war, more or less, found its way into my writing. I believe that war is crucial for steampunk as it’s crucial for Bulgaria, in its different manifestations.



Speculative fiction fuels itself with war. The most dynamic stories are born in troubled times, as epic fantasy has… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 1, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Beyond Victoriana #42 The Great Game and Empire in Central Asia, Part III--Guest Blog by Matt Delman

Note from Ay-leen: This the third and final part of a series of guest posts from Matt Delman, Proprietor of Free the Princess and Doc Fantastique's Show of Wonders.



The rise-fall-rise of Dost Mohammad was one of the most central facets of the Great Game as it was played in Afghanistan. His son, Mohammad Akbar Khan, had already proven that the Afghanis could… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 24, 2010 at 4:33am — No Comments

#41 The Great Game and Empire in Central Asia, Part II--Guest Blog by Matt Delman

Note from Ay-leen: This the second in a series of guest posts this week from Matt Delman, Proprietor of Free the Princess and Doc Fantastique's Show of Wonders.

The Crimean War

The Crimean War of October 1853 to February 1856 is so named because much of the land-based engagements took place on the Crimean Peninsula, which juts out into the Black Sea and in… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 22, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Beyond Victoriana #40 The Great Game and Empire in Central Asia, Part 1--Guest Blog by Matt Delman

Note from Ay-leen: This the first in a series of guest posts this week from Matt Delman, Proprietor of Free the Princess and Doc Fantastique's Show of Wonders.



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A map that tracks the decline of the Ottoman Empire from 1798 to 1923. Image courtesy of zonu.com



The time: 1807, when the Napoleonic Wars still raged in Europe.… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 19, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

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