Today in European History: the Russians capture Plevna (1877)

If relations between Russia and Turkey seem volatile nowadays, consider that they’ve pretty much always been that way. The Russian Empire, one of the precursors of modern Russia, and the Ottoman Empire, the precursor of modern Turkey, fought a whopping 12 wars against one another between the second half of the 16th century and World War I (which, of course, brought about the end of both empires). The Russians, who were on the ascendance for most of this period, won most of these wars, while the Ottomans, who were not so ascendant, needed help from Britain and France to “win” their biggest victory against the Russians, in the Crimean War.

Source: Today in European History: the Russians capture Plevna (1877)

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