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sick man of Europe

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  • proper n. Ottoman Empire.

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A calque of a phrase coined by Czar Nicholas I, Romanov, of the Empire of Russia: больной человек Европы. This name for the Turkish Ottoman Empire refers to the sickly state of the Ottoman state in the 19th century.

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