March 03, 2016

Today in History: Bulgarian independence from Ottoman oppression (1878)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On this date in 1878, Bulgaria finally escaped 500 years of Ottoman oppression as a result of the Russo-Turkish war, a one-sided affair that also secured formal independence for Romania, Serbia and Montenegro.

But there was a downside to these otherwise desirable results:

As the “sick man of Europe” fell apart, nobody could find a way to stop the disintegration even though nobody knew what to do with the pieces except fight over them.

In the end the vacuum created by the Ottoman implosion drew the great powers into the collision that triggered World War I.

It’s a sobering lesson about the dangers of instability even when something bad falls apart.

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commented 2016-03-04 15:07:03 -0500
Professor Robson
I never cut your classes—-informed
commented 2016-03-04 09:49:45 -0500
And so ends the lesson on Iraq and Libya.
commented 2016-03-03 22:27:40 -0500
Thank-you for the lesson Professor. I amazes me that to this day, despite these lessons of history, countries still fail to plan ahead for anticipated vacuums.
commented 2016-03-03 18:58:39 -0500
I look forward to your informative and very interesting videos. Thank you for doing this.
commented 2016-03-03 18:19:02 -0500
Missed in the news cycle today was a history making event: Trudeau has sold off all of Canada’s gold reserves – Maybe PM Selfie will back the Loonie with face book “likes” or bit coin.