By G. Irving Root
The nice conflict had all started within the Balkans, the just about inevitable results of a long time of intrigue, assassination and fratricidal clash between a bunch of rather minor nationalistic teams. In 4 years of seesaw strive against, a number of neighborhood international locations have been recruited by means of the warring alliances; 3 have been thoroughly overrun. whilst the ultimate nice offensives that may finish the struggle begun on all fronts, it used to be merely becoming that the Balkans might be the 1st to crack and the enemy disintegration began there. this is often the tale of the crossing of wide rivers, agonizing retreats via snowy mountains and struggles in steamy, malarial backwaters. strong naval forces bombarded scrubby sun-baked shorelines, previous amphibious attacks of a iteration earlier than the extra recognized D Day. Fledgling air forces shot at one another within the skies over the dusty battlefields. and customary to all warfare tales this can be a story of distress, hunger, plague, destruction, mistreatment and dying. regrettably, it's a tale which hasn't ever been accurately instructed in comparison to different theatres of the 1st global conflict. the following in textual content and maps is a chronicle of a sorely misunderstood fight, a clash which in lots of methods remains to be unresolved.
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There will of course be exceptions, but every effort has been made to identify most locations for the convenience of the student of the present. Sincere thanks go out to all who helped me, directly or indirectly during the lengthy process which led to the preparation of this history. Any errors contained herein are mine alone. Special acknowledgement is due my wife Elaine who continues to transform masses of misspelled, ill punctuated paper into a readable manuscript. Not only her editing, but also her encouragement has become essential to my work.
But the question as to what lands the expression applies to is not easy to answer. Our Austrian statesman would have Hungary and everything to the southeast of it, as far as the limits of the continent included. The Hungarians would have disagreed, and have always rejected the idea that theirs is a Balkan country. They point to the fact that Hungary is mostly a flat plain to which no term of mountain should apply. They also insist that their homeland lies in Central Europe, and that they have always been a westward-looking people who were never conquered by the Ottoman Turks—the latter a somewhat dubious claim.
Anti-Russian feeling ran high throughout the Principality. A year later a German Prince accepted the Bulgarian throne, Prince Ferdinand of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The Russians would not accept Ferdinand either, but he was a wily character, and was well served by an able Premier, Stephen Stambulov. Somehow the two led Bulgaria to walk the Balkan tightrope between Russia and Austria in the years to come and it entered the Twentieth Century a fairly stable country, strong for its small size.