Geostrategic Assessment of The Greco-Turkish Wars: Projection of the Future War. Part I
The dramatic relations between Greece and Turkey are rooted in history, religion, ideology and ultimately geopolitics. The Russian-Turkish Wars in the XVIII and XIX centuries tremendously weakened the Ottoman Empire, opening up the way for the declaration of independence by many young nations in the Balkans. However, compared with the rest of the Balkan countries, the Greeks had a millennial tradition of statehood and immediately after their declaration of independence in 1821, they started a regional rivalry for control over the lands of former Byzantium.