The Causes of World War I: Part 4 – Regional Conflicts
Several smaller conflicts tested the alliances established by the great European powers and set the stage for the great conflict that would erupt in 1914.
These are some of the smaller conflicts that rocked the world during the new century.
Russo-Japanese War (1904): Russia and Japan go to war over Korea and Manchuria. Russia is ultimately defeated.
Italo-Turkish War (1911): Italy hopes to expand its territory and occupies Benghazi and Tripoli in northern Africa and the Dodecanese and Rhodes in Europe. In 1912, the Treaty of Lausanne gives Cyrenaica and Tripoli to Italy.
Moroccan Crisis (1911): Germany sends a gunboat to a Moroccan port which was in French territory. Germany believed all nations should have equal access to the port and had asserted this belief five years earlier. The crisis was resolved in late 1911.
The Balkan Wars (1912, 1913): Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia formed an alliance called the Balkan League which attacked and defeated the Ottoman Empire. The following year, unable to agree over Salonika, Bulgaria and Greece went to war. Bulgaria was defeated.
Where to Purchase the WWI Trilogy
This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy: Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year. The trilogy focuses on Hettie and her family as they navigate the challenges and heartbreak World War I brings.
Angel of Mercy: A nurse reluctantly sacrifices her career for marriage. An impending war will change her, and her husband’s, life forever. Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.
Those Left Behind: The brewing winds of war will soon rip the family apart. Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.
Adjustment Year: A war nurse returns home. Society expects her to carry on as if the Great War never happened. But how can she? Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.