Balkan war 2 in 1913 and the diplomacy of the great powers: Analysis from the british documents

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The success of the Balkan States in the Balkan War 1 against the Ottoman empire in 1912, had led to the Balkan War 2 in 1913. In Balkan War 1, the states are shaped by the Balkan League such as Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro against of the Ottoman but Balkan War 2, witnessed the battle between the states in the Balkans such as Serbia and Bulgaria. The war between these Balkan States was fuel by discontent over the ownership of land confiscated from the Ottoman in the Balkan War 1. This was primarily related to claims on the territory of Macedonia and Albania which had became an issue in the conflict between Serbia and Bulgaria. This article will discuss the issue of the conflicts in the Serbian-Bulgarian relations, which led to the Balkan Wars 2 and analyze the reactions of the European Great Powers in relation to the war. Analyses of these discussions were based on records obtained from British ambassadors in the Balkans stored in the Public Record Office, Kew, London. The study found that the failure of the Great Powers of Europe to resolve the border issues between them through the Treaty of London in 1913 was a major factor of Balkan War 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-138
Number of pages44
JournalTamkang Journal of International Affairs
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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  • Balkan war
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  • Great powers
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