Before killing off Franz Ferdinand, we take a look at some of the domestic issues effecting the Great Powers on the eve of July 1914.
On the heels of the Italian invasion of Libya, a collection of Balkan nations declare war on the Ottoman Empire.
A "very" basic map of the First Balkan War. October 1912-May 1913.
It turns out that the Great War Podcast will be taking two weeks off between episodes, so there will be no installment this week (August 25). I do sincerely apologize for this but it's for the good of the show. I confess that when I started this podcast I pretty much just jumped right into it headfirst. There was no grand outline, save for a few brief sketches of where I wanted to take it next. Initially it was just a fun hobby, but has come to take up more time then I had previously imagined.
So my plan is to take the Labour Day long weekend off, stuff my face with ribs at the Burlington Rib Fest and then launch right back into this thing for the week of September 8th. That should be just the right amount of time to get everything in order and be ready to hit our discussion of the Balkan Wars and July 1914 in full force.
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In an attempt to establish themselves as a great power, Italy declared war on the Ottomans in September of 1911. The subsequent invasion exposed Italian armed forces as logistically weak and unprepared in the event of a general European war. Watching events from a far, the Balkan states begin to contemplate plans for an attack on the Turks of their own.
Map of Libyan campaign (From the sources which I could piece together)
Zeppelin bombarding Turkish positions near Tobruk (Wikipedia Commons)
The annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Austro-Hungarians is another humiliation for Russia, and leaves the Serbs seething toward the Habsburg monarch.
Map of Russian interests.
With the war in the Far East raging in the background, Germany attempts to drive a wedge between France and its allies, but only succeeds in bringing them closer together.
I know I had stated there would be no episode this week, but unfortunately the long weekend plans fell through. -Dan
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The Russo-Japanese War provides us with a chilling glimpse into the nature of industrial warfare.
After nearly coming to blows at Fashoda, the French and English decide to put aside their grievances. In the Far East, Japan and Russia declare war.
With events in Asia threatening the status quo, Great Britain would find itself in desperate need of an ally.
* I apologize for this episode being behind schedule. We'll be back on track for Monday!*
In 1890 Wilhelm II dismissed Bismarck, allowing the French to break out of isolation; the British face a looming crisis in the years after 1894.
After the formation of Germany, Bismarck's primary concern was finding a place for the Second Reich in Europe; events in the Balkans would drive the Austro-Hungarians into a military alliance by 1879.
The revolts of 1848 paved the way for the formation of Germany under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck. The events surrounding German unification play a major role in the political atmosphere leading up to 1890.
**I have added some introductory music and changed my recording software so I hope you will hear an improvement.
Episode 1 overviews 19th century European politics after the Napoleonic War and the creation of the alliance systems.
This is my first ever podcast and am currently ironing out the kinks in my audio software so if the edits seem a bit off that is simply growing pains.
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