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  • n. two wars (1912-1913) that were fought over the last of the European territories of the Ottoman Empire and that left the area around Constantinople (now Istanbul) as the only Ottoman territory in Europe


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  • The Balkan Wars were the first phase of the First World War.


  • Report of the International Commission to Inquire into the Causes and Conduct of the Balkan Wars, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Publication No. 4 Washington, DC: 1914, 265–66, 16.


  • Serbs feel alienated from the state that, they say, has asked them to shoulder the bulk of responsibility for the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.

    Kimberly Abbott: Bosnia: What Does Republika Srpska Want? (AUDIO)

  • During the Balkan Wars and World War I, several foreign-born Jewish women physicians, including Eva Halječka, Hanna Hirszfeld, Eva Mitnick (d. 1914), and Selma Eliasberg (d. 1915), worked as volunteers in the Serbian Army medical corps, combating typhus and other epidemics.


  • A most recent example is the recent Balkan Wars which created many new countries or countries to be with changed borders.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • In the Balkan Wars all the walker battles were in broad daylight.


  • Indeed, the talk on the streets of Belgrade is not about Serb atrocities in the Balkan Wars, but about Milosevic and his cronies 'embezzlement of millions, his gangster son Marko (who fled to Russia with his family last Saturday), the wars Milosevic lost, and a spate of Mafia-style killings that they often lay at his doorstep.

    Letter From Belgrade

  • (For the specifics, look up: the Crimean War, Prussia's conquest of Germany, the Balkan Wars; then go farther afield to the Spanish-American and Russo-Japanese wars.)

    Welcome Back to the 19th Century

  • ROTH: Oh, yes, the Russian ambassador has talked about Iraq, Afghanistan and what happened in Serbia during the Balkan Wars.

    CNN Transcript Aug 10, 2008

  • But most of the bloody Balkan Wars during the past decade began the same way.

    Letter From Tetovo


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