Editor says, what if Serbia had refused to yield in Albania in 1912? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Serbia acceded to the October 18 ultimatum. Austria-Hungary did not wish to become part of the war due to its own internal struggles, especially after Germany withdrew their boast of military readiness until "mid-1914". By that time, all of Europe had built up such war machines that the spark of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke ignited the "War to End All Wars". In the meantime, the Balkan League had settled much of themselves through the First Balkan War against the Ottoman Empire and then the Second against Bulgaria to settle disputes over land. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.