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Examine the relative importance of the reasons why the Bosnian crisis of 1908-1909 and the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 did not develop into a general European conflict.

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Examine the relative importance of the reasons why the Bosnian crisis of 1908-1909 and the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 did not develop into a general European conflict. The Bosnian Crisis of 1908-09 and the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 were stepping stones in the build up to European conflict, however the great powers and other countries had their reasons why they were reluctant to go to war. The countries had their separate reasons why it wasn't of their best interest to go into European conflict, mainly because there was more to lose than to gain out of it. Alliances broken, Europe divided, funding that countries hadn't got. All these were main reasons why there wasn't European conflict. At the end of the Balkans War, the disposition of Macedonia, the problems of Crete, and liberation of the countries still under Ottoman control, especially Albania, were all main issues. The Balkans was in crisis and many different countries such as Russia, Austria-Hungary and Britain all had views on what should happen there, or what has already happened in the Balkans. ...read more.


The government was under pressure from the Russian people to achieve victories on foreign soil, but Russia was reluctant, like Britain to go into battle. They also didn't have the full support of Britain and France so they would be going into a war with Austria and Germany, without any help. These reasons are very important in why a major conflict did not develop from the Bosnian Crisis or the Balkan Wars. France was beginning to establish its position when Poincare became the French Prime Minister. He wanted to keep the triple alliance stable so it would strengthen the country and its foreign policy. But Britain nor Russia were ready for war and with France only just establishing its alliances they weren't ready to mobilize their army. So although they had fresh alliances they were not ready with their army or the support to go into a war. Austria-Hungary was a main player in the lead up to World War one, and was already in part of the Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The problem was Austria had too many different problems to attend to and it wasn't in their best interest to go to war at this present time. ...read more.


This would almost definitely have started major European conflict. Conclusion The reasons why the Bosnian Crisis and the Balkan Wars didn't develop into general European conflict were due to a mixture of reasons from all the countries whom it concerned. The triple alliance of Britain, France and Russia wasn't as yet established and the full support from Britain wasn't guaranteed. These unassurances meant that countries were wary of mobilizing their troops. Money, Army strength, support, gains for the country, were all very important reasons why all these countries didn't go into general European conflict after the Bosnian Crisis and the Balkan Wars. All these factors mount up to the inevitable stalemate, also their best interests weren't there when it come down to the matter of mobilizing the troops to start European conflict. The main countries involved in this were Russia and Austria-Hungary for the simple fact that they had troops already in the Balkans and were very much a major part in the running of Serbia and Bosnia respectively. Economic policy coincided with foreign policy and made the fact of going to war harder due to their establishment in the Balkans. Also the risk of going to war was far too great and many loses could have been made. Daniel Pearson History Essay ...read more.

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