Balkan Wars

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Balkan Wars
Balkan League poster.png
A Greek propaganda poster showing the countries that took part in the Balkan Wars.
Date 1912, 1913
Location The Balkans, mainly the European territories of the Ottoman Empire, Aegean Sea
Result Ottoman provinces gained by Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria
Participants
Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire (First Balkan War)
Bulgaria Bulgaria (Second Balkan War)
Civil Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia
Flag of the Kingdom of Montenegro.svg Montenegro
State Flag of Greece (1863-1924 and 1935-1970).svg Greece
Romania Romania (Second Balkan War)
Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire (Second Balkan War)
Bulgaria Bulgaria (First Balkan War)

The Balkan Wars were a series of wars fought in the Balkan Peninsula in 1912 (First Balkan War) and 1913 (Second Balkan War).

The First Balkan War was fought by Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria (the Balkan League) against the Ottoman Empire. The main objective of the Balkan League was to annex the European territories of the Ottoman Empire, because large numbers of the people of the Balkan League lived under Ottoman rule. The war was a success and the Ottoman Empire lost almost its entire European territories.

The Second Balkan War was fought by Greece, Serbia, the Ottoman Empire and Romania against Bulgaria. Because Bulgaria felt that Greece and Serbia got more lands than they deserved, Bulgaria declared war on Greece and Serbia, which repelled the attacks. The Ottoman Empire and Romania declared war on Bulgaria, because they wanted to gain Bulgarian territories, and by the end of the Second Balkan War Bulgaria had lost almost all its gains from the First Balkan War.

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