Presentation on theme: "By Nicholas Rivera Tom McCabe Noah Andriella. Ottoman Empire still controlled central strip of the Balkan Peninsula In 1908, a group called the Young."— Presentation transcript:
Ottoman Empire still controlled central strip of the Balkan Peninsula In 1908, a group called the Young Turks seized power in the Ottoman Empire. The Young Turks threatened to breath new life into the empire and their actions would lead to tension between other Europeans that would eventually lead to war.
Austria and Russia decided to work together in order to prevent Turkey from becoming strong enough to resist them. 1908, the Austrian & Russian govt.’s agreed that Russia would support the Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In return Austria would back opening the Dardanelles to Russian warships.
However, Austria declared the annexation before Russia could act. The British & French refused to agree to Russian demand to open the Dardanelles for they were supportive of the Young Turks. Russia was humiliated but was not strong enough to do anything about it but protest. Austria’s actions enraged Russia and their “little brothers” the Serbs.
Germany was unhappy with Austria because their actions threatened their relations with Russia & Turkey. Germany was dependent on the Dual Alliance so they needed to support Austria. The whole ordeal caused tension in the Triple Entente as Britain and France couldn’t oppose Russian interest anymore for fear of ruining their alliance.
In 1911 France sent an Army to Morocco where German forces went to “protect German interest” as a means to extort colonial concessions in the French Congo. Germany sent the gunboat Panther to Moroccan port Agadir to “protect” German citizens. Germany’s arrival at Agadir provoked strong reactions in Britain. German actions threatened Britain’s security forcing them to increase taxes to pay for new armaments.
Britain wrongly believed Germany meant to turn Agadir into a naval base. Crisis ended when France yielded bits of the Congo and Germany recognized the French protectorate over Morocco Crisis brought Britain and France closer with British troops being sent to France in case of German attack and the cooperation of the British & French navies.