Date of Award

Fall 1-5-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Karen M. Kern

Second Advisor

Jonathan Rosenberg

Academic Program Adviser

Jonathan Rosenberg


This thesis examines the reasons for the Ottoman Empire’s entrance into the First World War. It claims that the Empire’s decision was rooted in the failure of the European international system to uphold its diplomatic agreements and the resulting refugee crisis in the Balkans caused by Russian imperialism.


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.