Sunday, October 07, 2012

Today -100: October 7, 1912: Of natural Bull Moosers, and Balkan wars

Thomas Edison endorses Theodore Roosevelt for president, declaring himself a “natural Bull Mooser.”

The Great Powers (note: the US was not a Great Power; Italy was. Huh.) are working on a deal for the Balkans. They would authorize Austria and Russia to guarantee the territorial integrity of the Ottoman Empire (i.e., that the countries of the anti-Turkish coalition would gain nothing from a war) and that reforms would be implemented in Macedonia. However, Bulgaria and the other would-be belligerents really have their hearts set on some bloodshed (assuming that the war hasn’t already started – the LAT reports a fight on the Turkish-Montenegrin border).

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