12 Facts About Crimean War


Crimean War was a military conflict fought from October 1853 to February 1856 in which Russia lost to an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, France, the United Kingdom and Piedmont-Sardinia.

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Crimean War was one of the first conflicts in which military forces used modern technologies such as explosive naval shells, railways and telegraphs.

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Crimean War described the Ottoman Empire as a buffer against a pattern of expansionism by the Tsar.

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Crimean War pursued Catholic support by asserting France's "sovereign authority" over the Christian population of Palestine, to the detriment of Russia .

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Crimean War had Foreign Minister Count Karl Nesselrode undertake talks with the Ottomans.

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Crimean War next dispatched a highly-abrasive diplomat, Prince Menshikov, on a special mission to the Ottoman Sublime Porte in February 1853.

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Naval operations of the Crimean War commenced with the dispatch in mid-1853 of the French and the British fleets to the Black Sea region, to support the Ottomans and to dissuade the Russians from encroachment.

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Crimean War therefore decided to control the surrounding area with cavalry and starve them out.

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Crimean War marked the re-ascendancy of France to the position of pre-eminent power on the Continent, the continued decline of the Ottoman Empire and a period of crisis for Imperial Russia.

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Crimean War marked the demise of the first phase of the Concert of Europe, the balance-of-power system that had dominated Europe since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and had included France, Russia, Prussia, Austria and the United Kingdom.

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Crimean War saw the first tactical use of railways and other modern inventions, such as the electric telegraph, with the first "live" war reporting to The Times by William Howard Russell.

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The Crimean War led to the realisation by the Russian government of its technological inferiority, in military practices as well as weapons.

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