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1853
 
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Russia occupies two Ottoman principalities, Moldavia and Wallachia, on the west coast of the Black Sea      
1853
 
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In the expectation of British and French support, the Ottoman sultan declares war on Russia - launching the Crimean War      
1854
 
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British and French warships move up through the Straits and enter the Black Sea in support of Turkey      
1854
 
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Britain and France enter the war between Turkey and Russia, on the Turkish side      
1854
 
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British and French troops land at Sebastopol, to besiege the port, and win a limited victory over the Russians at the river Alma        
1855
 
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After a siege of nearly a year the Russians abandon Sebastopol, but the Turkish alliance is too exhausted to pursue the conflict       
1856
 
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The treaty of Paris ends the Crimean War, limiting Russia's special powers in relation to Turkey      
1885
 
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A secret revolutionary group (Union and Progress, later known as the Young Turks) is formed in Salonika in the Ottoman empire        
1908
 
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The Young Turks of Salonika organize a successful uprising against the autocracy of the Ottoman sultan       
1908
 
    
Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria declares his country's independence from Ottoman rule and calls himself Tsar Ferdinand I