071: Like a Sinking Ship

The state of the Balkans after the two Balkan wars.

 
Just weeks after the end of the First Balkan War, the Second Balkan War erupted as the Balkan League states fought among themselves over the territory taken from the Ottoman Empire. When it was over, Serbia was Russia’s only remaining diplomatic asset in the Balkans, and it was spoiling for a fight with Austria.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Serb Folk Music
Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

“Himni i Flamurit”
Composed c.1880 by Ciprian Porumbescu. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

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070: The Schlemiel of Europe

Status of the Balkans as of April 1913. Note the line made up of ‘+’ signs. This is the agreed division between Serbian and Bulgarian claims. Note that Serbian occupation has expanded well beyond the agreed line.

 
The Balkan League rearranged the map of the Balkans, Austria’s front doorstep, while Vienna looked on, her options limited, as high officials of her military became embroiled in scandal.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Wiener Blut” (“Viennese Spirit”)
Composed in 1873 by Johann Strauss II. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Closing Theme

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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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Reminder

 
Just a reminder that there will be no new episode this week. If you need something to do while waiting for episode 69, check out this video of Cookie Monster and two friends discussing the history of cookies in the twentieth century:
 

068: The New Freedom

Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States

 
Woodrow Wilson becomes the 28th President of the United States, after his inauguration is upstaged by a huge women’s suffrage demonstration. Wilson reorients American foreign policy, and allows greater segregation in US government employment.
 

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Click here to listen to “Your Mother’s Gone Away to Join the Army,” a 1913 song inspired by the women’s suffrage march in Washington.

 


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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Hail, Columbia”
Composed in 1789 by Philip Phile. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

“Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean”
Composed in 1843 by Thomas A. Becket. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing Theme

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067: Twilight of the Belle Époque

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.

 
A final look at the Belle Époque. Alfred Binet invents intelligence testing, Picasso and Matisse become frenemies, Gertrude Stein moves to Paris, the Mona Lisa is stolen, and Jim Thorpe wins two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Pavane pour une infante défunte
Composed in 1899 by Maurice Ravel. Public domain.
Performed by Thérèse Dussaut, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 (CC-BY-SA 2.0) license. Source.

Closing Theme

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066: An Immense Box of Sand

Italian soldiers defending the Tripoli perimeter in 1911. Note the use of defensive trenches.

 
Spurred on by right-wing agitation at home, the government of Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire to secure its claim to the province of Tripoli, known in our time as Libya.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Overture to La Forza del Destino
Composed in 1862 by Giuseppe Verdi. Public domain.
Performed by the University of Chicago Orchestra, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Source.

Closing Theme

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065: The Panther Leap

The German gunboat SMS Panther.

 

Unrest and instability plague the Ottoman Empire, and a year of relative calm in the rest of Europe ends when a German gunboat suddenly appears off the coast of Morocco.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Kâtibim”
Traditional Turkish folk song. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Tradidional Moroccan folk music
Public domain.
Recorded by Freesound user Eelke and used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Source.

Closing Theme

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