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200 The Balkan Wars in Retrospect

After the conclusion of what is rightfully called the "first national catastrophe" it's worth looking back at the scale, scope, and meaning of the Balkan Wars to understand their importance to Bulgaria, Europe, and the world.




Major Characters in this Episode:

PM Danev

PM Radoslavov

James Bouchier

Tsar Ferdinand

Tsar Nicholas II

General Savov

King Constantine


Sources used in this episode:

  • For Freedom and Perfection: The Life of Yané Sandansky by Mercia MacDermott

  • 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

  • Foxy Ferdinand: Tsar of Bulgaria by Stephen Constant

  • История на България в Дати by Vasil Katsunov, Plamen Mitev, Valeri Kolev, Evgenia Kalinova, and Iskra Baeva


The borders of the Balkan States after the Balkan Wars
The borders of the Balkan States after the Balkan Wars

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