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The Bosnian Crisis

The Bosnian Crisis happened in 1908-1909.

Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia, which made Serbia furious as Serbia wanted to make Bosnia part of a greater Serbian state.

Serbia called on the help of Russia, who called an International conference which Austria-Hungary refused to attend. Germany backed Austria-Hungary's decision.

Germany demanded that Russia accepted the annexation, and Russia had no choice to back down as her army was too small in compariosn to Germany's forces.

Effects --

  • Serbia wanted revenge
  • Russia was humiliated and would not back down again in the future
  • Grermany supported the Austro-Hungarian policy in the Balkans
  • Russia moved closer to France and Britain
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