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...
Why does your history of this conflict begin in only 1912? As a student of history this particular recurring struggle has been going on since the 700's AD. The same struggle continues today after nearly 1,400 years. If it wasn't so tragic it'd be funny that on 9/11 our country has been in a state of war while simultaneously unwilling to publicly state who we're at war with.
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?
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