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195 The War Resumes

Mere hours after peace is agreed to, a coup tears up the treaty and brings the war back into an active phase. As a result, Bulgaria faces renewed assaults and renewed pressure by allies and enemies alike.



Major Characters in this Episode

General Savov

General Fichev

Enver Bey

PM Venizelos

Prince Alexander of Serbia


Timeline for this Episode (old calendar)

  • 1913, Jan 10th - Ottoman Coup

  • 1913, Jan 16th - A protocol is signed in London between Bulgaria and Romania about their border in Dobrudja.

  • 1913, Jan 23rd - The Ottomans end negotiations in London and resume the war.

  • 1913, Jan 26-28 - Ottoman counterattacks are repulsed at Chataldzha and Bulair.

  • 1913, Jan 27th - An agreement directed against Bulgaria by the other Balkan League members is created in Zurich.


Main Sources for This Episode:

  • The Balkan Wars 1912-1913: Prelude to the First World War by Richard C. Hall

  • Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913 by E.R. Hooton

  • The Wars of Yesterday: The Balkan Wars and the Emergence of Modern Military Conflict, 1912-1913 Edited by Katrin Boeskh and Sabine Rutar

  • The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

  • The Rough Road to Statecraft: The Life of Bulgaria's Ivan E. Gueshoff by Elena Statelova


The crowd that gathered in front of Ottoman government buildings ahead of the coup
The crowd that gathered in front of Ottoman government buildings ahead of the coup

A depiction of Enver Bey forcing the Grand Vizier to resign
A depiction of Enver Bey forcing the Grand Vizier to resign

The shooting of the Ottoman Minister of War depicted in a French magazine
The shooting of the Ottoman Minister of War depicted in a French magazine

A map of the Battle of Bulair
A map of the Battle of Bulair

A map showing the actions of the Bulgarian army in the First Balkan War
A map showing the actions of the Bulgarian army in the First Balkan War



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