Today in European history: the Treaty of San Stefano (1878)

Today we're commemorating the anniversary of a treaty that doesn't exist. By “doesn't exist,” I don't mean that it was in effect for a while but then got superseded by another treaty. I mean it never came into effect. I mean its terms were so unacceptable to so many European powers—states that hadn’t even participated … Continue reading Today in European history: the Treaty of San Stefano (1878)

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

If you think the state of Russo-Turkish relations is bad these days...well, actually Russia and Turkey are getting along pretty well lately. But historically that hasn't always been the case. Consider that the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire, the precursors of those two modern states, fought a whopping 12 wars against one another between … Continue reading Today in European History: the Russians capture Plevna (1877)