Conflicts of the Modern Era
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Greece and Turkey (once
known as the Ottoman Empire), have a long history of conflict going
back to the Middle Ages. This page deals with those Greek-Turkish
wars and conflicts which occurred from the beginning of the Greek War
of Independence in the 1820s.
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War of Independence (March
Greek rebels (from 1821), Great
Britain (1827), France (1827) and
(1827-1829) vs Ottoman Empire and
Epirus Revolt of 1854
(Greek) Rebels vs. Ottoman Empire, Britain, and France.
Seeking to take
advantage of the war between Russia and the Ottomans (this war
would soon grow to become the Crimean War), Greeks living in
Ottoman-contolled Epirus rebelled with the aid of Greek Army
officers (who left the Greek military to aid the rebels). Despite
some early successes against the Turks, the Greek rebels were
defeated. Britain and France provided aid to the Turks, due to
their alliance with the Ottoman Empire against Russia.
1858, 1866-1868, 1875-1878, 1889)
(Greek) Rebels vs. Ottoman Empire
Greco-Turkish War "Thirty Days' War"
(Crete), April 10 1897-May 20, 1897 (Greece)
Rebels and Greece vs Ottoman
Balkan War (October,
Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro vs Ottoman Empire
Following the defeat of
the Ottoman Empire in World War One, Greek troops participated in
the Allied occupation of large parts of Ottoman Turkey. Taking
advantage of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Greece launched a
full invasion of Turkey, with the goal of reclaiming ancient Greek
lands along the Turkish west coast lost to the Ottomans in the
1400s. The Nationlist Turks (who were also opposing the Ottoman
Turkish government), led by Kemal Attatuk, launced successful
counterattacks and drove the Greeks out of Turkey.
Greek-Turkish Conflict (2020)
In August, 2020, Turkey
and Greece found themselves very close to war over a disputed part
of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. For updates on this near-war
situation, see Historyguy.com War and Conflicts News Updates on
Coups in Turkey (1960-2016)
Britain and the Eastern Question : The case of the Greek War of
Lectures on Modern Balkan History: Lecture 6: The Greek Revolution
and the Greek State
about heroes from Greek War of Independence.
History Sourcebook: The Treaty of London for Greek Independence, July
6, 1827, excerpts
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