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Balkan Wars
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Balkan Wars

Two wars in the Balkans region (1912–1913) that caused the Ottoman Empire to lose most of its European territories.

During this period of conflict there were differences between the Great Powers concerning the consequences of the Balkan Wars. Against the backdrop of the Italo-Turkish war (1911–1912), the ethnically diverse and unstable Southeastern European States led by Serbia attempted to secure for themselves a share of the disintegrating Ottoman Empire. A direct consequence of the Turkish weakness wa…

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Kröger, Martin, “Balkan Wars”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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