As Andrei Pippidi has compellingly shown, the Incrementa atque decrementa was composed in Greek between 1706-1710 ; it was completed after 1714 in Russia, where the Moldavian prince had found sanctuary, and then translated into Latin. Its first part depicts the “growth” of the Ottoman Empire, from the beginning of the 13th century to the 1672 expedition against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Its second part presents in a quite personal manner the “decline” of the Ottoman state, from 1672 to 1711. The last pages are dedicated to the Russian tsar Peter I “the Great”, in spite of the failure of his 1711 anti-Ottoman campaign. Rich notes (Annotationes) accompany the text.
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