The Weapons That Started the Pig War
The Pig War was not actually a war, and the weapons that started it were purchased, not shot.
Nevertheless, when the Austro-Hungarians decided to teach Serbia a lesson, it was triggered by Serbia’s decision to purchase weapons from outside the Habsburg sphere of influence.
The weapons were French, not coincidentally a treaty-partner to the Russians, whose meddling in the Slavic Balkans had intensified as the power of the Ottomans waned.
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