The Crimean war of 1853-56 was fought by Britain, France, and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and prevented Russia from using Crimea to expand its empire at the expense of the Ottomans.


Jessica Brain writing in Historic UK, makes the following points:
  • The first example of a 'Modern war'.
  • Newspaper reporting influenced public opinion and, therefore government.
  • Russia had to return territory and agree to demilitarise the Black Sea.
  • The principalities of Wallachia and Moldovia were returned to Ottoman territory and later became Romania and Moldova.
  • An unexpected consequence of the Crimean war was the rise of Germany as a major European power.



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