• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent do you agree with the statement: The Crimean War was the most senseless war in the 19th century?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To what extent do you agree with the statement: The Crimean War was the most senseless war in the 19th century? I partly agree with the statement saying that the Crimean War was the most senseless war in the 19th century. Looking only on immediate results we can say that was quite senseless and it was only good for few countries like Prussia, France or Ottoman Empire. However, the further effects of the Crimean War had great impact on major historical events that changed the world. At the beginning it is important to consider the immediate results of the War. Firstly, I present the casualties of the Crimean War. The Crimean war involved far heavier casualties than any other European war fought between 1815 - 1914. ...read more.

Middle

While pursuing a cautious policy in Europe, Russia followed an expansionist policy in Asia where it was possible to win prestige, as well as land, markets and sources of raw materials without the major war. Between 1857 and 1864 Russian forces pacified the Caucasus and then won control over larger area of central Asia. Russia was getting stronger and increasing her position on the international scene. In fact the war didn't prevent her form expansion. In period 1856-63 Russia aligned herself first with France and then from 1863-70 with Prussia, both of whom were pursuing anti-Austrian policies. Russia regarded Austria as a "betrayal". The war was a real disastrous for Austria. Unable to relay on Russian help, Austria could not prevent unification of Italy and Germany, both of which were disastrous from an Austrian perspective. ...read more.

Conclusion

This was of vital importance over the next 50 years or so because it determined the course of European history and was partly responsible for the First World War. Austrian neutrality upset Russia, Britain and France because they all anticipated Austrian help. Her isolation subsequently led to Italian and German Unification because no-one would aid Austria-Hungary in her time of need. These two new nations upset the balance of power in Europe. As we can see, the Crimean War was senseless, because leaded to many cruel events. However we have to ask one question: What would happen if it didn't occur? Germany and Italy wouldn't be unified, Russia could gain whole Ottoman Empire and also her further territorial gains in central Asia and would be twice stronger. She could even gain some territories in Europe. The whole Europe could be different. The history could turn 360� round. No one knows what would happen. We can only speculate. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. World War I: Could it have been avoided?

    and Agadir (1911) Incidents (Gibson, 9). These two incidents almost started the First World War but they were resolved peacefully. They showed that Europe could easily be thrown into a World War. Ignoring these previous warnings, the two alliances did not weaken and they kept their relationships strong.

  2. Post-Cold War Realities

    Russia and Iran have realized the benefit of cooperation in an effort to hinder the development of Western influence. While they would both like a monopoly of the region?s economic resources, they still believe that a joint venture would be more beneficial and effective in the long run at thwarting the alternative?America and the West.

  1. The Prelude to the 1975 War and the Cairo Agreement.

    Thomas Friedman, who won a Pulitzer price for his coverage of the massacre quotes an official Red Cross figure of 210 and an unofficial estimated death toll of between 800 and 1,000. Shortly after the massacre a startling discovery was made.

  2. American History.

    This showed that the assemblies were really unable to prevent serious disorder. - The land riots in New Jersey and New York certainly seemed to confirm that - for instance, the most serious riots, which occurred in 1765/1766 around the Hudson River, occurred b/c in the 1740s New Englanders had

  1. How important was the war at sea

    They all thought that the war would be over by Christmas. They thought that the war would be enjoyable. The recruitment posters were the things that made them think like that. There was already a strong anti-German feeling in the country so all the men wanted to do was just to get rid of them and go home.

  2. Indian History. To what extent did large dams built before 1990 fulfil Nehru's ambitions?

    This clearly demonstrates that irrigation can greatly be credited with boosting agricultural production. Of this irrigation, an increasingly high proportion of the water came from large dams, 47% in 1990 (Shah, 1990, p. 105). Thus, dams can be attributed with directly contributing to a 90% rise in agricultural output.

  1. Describe the process by which italy was said to be unified between 1860 and ...

    Minister President of Prussia who wanted to have a war with Austria, as they were both power rivals. He offered Italy Venetia in return for support. This was agreed and a treaty was signed on 8 April 1866. Similar offer was made from Austria on conditions that Italians should remain

  2. Is the assertion that Britain was "Splendidly Isolated" in the latter years of the ...

    by undermining the British rule, as this would give Russia the perfect chance to get a warm water port.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work