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Power in ConcertThe Nineteenth-Century Origins of Global Governance$
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Jennifer Mitzen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226060088

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226060255.001.0001

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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

From a Russo-Turkish Dispute to the Crimean War, 1853–56

(p.177) Chapter Six Things Fall Apart
Power in Concert

Jennifer Mitzen

University of Chicago Press

This chapter takes up the challenge of the Crimean War and reflects on why these states could not work together in the 1850s as they had in the 1820s. It establishes the historical context between Europe and the Porte in the 1840s and 1850s, and then traces the diplomacy, dividing it into two phases: the Russo-Turkish War, which broke out in October 1853, and the great power war, which broke out in March 1854. It shows that at a key moment the diplomatic road forked when the powers faced a choice between grouping—a public strategy—and the private strategy of balancing.

Keywords:   diplomacy, Crimean War, Russo-Turkish War, great power war, grouping, balancing

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