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La Serbie dans le systeme des Alliances Françaises lors des guerres Balkaniques
Serbia In The French Alliances During The Balkan Wars

Author(s): Vojislav G. Pavlović
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za savremenu istoriju, Beograd
Keywords: France; Serbia; Russia; Balkan war

Summary/Abstract: The French Diplomacy had no goals of its own in the Balkans but to strengthen the alliance with Russia by following its political initiatives in the region. Milovan Milovanović, the architect of the Balkan alliance, made use of Russian support to conclude the alliance with Bulgaria in March of 1912. The French diplomacy was informed only in summer of 1912 of the veritable objectives of the Balkan alliance and immediately tried to prevent that it becomes the cause of the war in Europe. Since the Germany of the Kaiser William II declared that it had no intention of interfering in the Balkan conflicts, the Balkan allies could liberate the peninsula from the Ottoman rule. The new territorial settlement in the Balkans provoked the conflict between Serbia and Austria-Hungary, since the later, by aiding the creation of an Albanian state, prevented Serbia from having a port in Adriatic. Therefore, Serbia was forced to seek an outlet to the Mediterranean through the Morava – Vardar valley, thus having to demand the renegotiation of the alliance treaty with Bulgaria. French diplomacy did not help Serbia’s diplomatic initiatives since they were not supported by all European powers. The consensus of powers was the main goal of French foreign policy since it guaranteed the peace in Europe, and it could be questioned only if the vital interests of a member of the Triple Entente were at stake.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 109-142
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: French