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The Bulgarian Atrocities

Between 1874 and 1876, a series of uprisings in the Balkans were brutally suppressed by Turkey (at that time, the Ottoman Empire stretched into the Balkans).

The indifference of Benjamin Disraeli's Conservative government to what was happening outraged the former Liberal Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, who launched himself back into active politics with a crusade against what became known as The Bulgarian Atrocities.

Unrest in the Balkans continued to be a running sore in Europe for the next few decades - and eventually provided the spark which ignited the First World War.

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