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Is the First Balkan War Really Over?

Charles the Hammer Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 2:33 PM
They weren't Serbian "nationalists." They were anarchists. Practically speaking, it may not make much difference to us looking back on it now, but, at the time, the anarchists were willing to do things simple "nationalists" would never thought of doing. The anarchists were true "revolutionaries."
Montenegro's Oct. 8, 1912, declaration of war on the Ottoman Turkish Empire and its Oct. 9 attack on neighboring Albania, an Ottoman protectorate, stunned Europe. Montenegro, a military midget, attacking Albania, another poor and backwater Balkan nowhere? Can a tiny statelet like Montenegro spark great havoc?

When the spark strikes a powder keg of ethnic, sectarian and nationalist conflict, the tragic answer is yes. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First Balkan War (October 1912 to May 1913). It was the second in a series of three wars that led to the great and not quite...