069: Some Damned Silly Thing

Cartoon from October 2, 1912 edition of Punch, showing Russia, Britain, Germany, France, and Austria struggling to keep a lid on the Balkans.

 
With Russian encouragement, the Balkan states negotiate an alliance. It was a defensive agreement at first, but soon the Balkan states realized that collectively they were strong enough to take on the Ottoman Empire, whether or not their Great Power patrons approved. The result was the First Balkan War.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Farewell of Slavianka”
Composed in 1912 by Vasily Ivanovich Agapkin. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Coast Guard Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing Theme

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