Saturday, November 05, 2011

Today -100: November 5, 1911: Italy isn’t great at war; who’da guessed?

Italy, frustrated at the Turks’ failure to hand Libya over to them without a fight, are threatening to invade other parts of the Ottoman Empire, possibly the Dardanelles. The threat that this might destabilize the perennial “sick man of Europe” would force the Great Powers to slap Italy down, since no one wants the Empire to collapse, which would certainly result in a free-for-all in the Balkans and suchlike fun and games.

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