Compare & Contrast A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

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1908: Based on an arrangement with Russia, Austria annexes Bosnia and Herzegovina. This disrupts Serbia's plans for a Greater Serbia including the two provinces. Britain and France thwart Russia's gain of the promised access to the Dardanelles and Bosporus straits.Austria denies any secret arrangements and the Balkan fuse is set to explode as World War I.

Today: With the collapse of Yugoslavia, Balkan provinces again struggle for control. At the close of the twentieth century, Serbia has been isolated for its attempt to annex and ethnically cleanse Kosovo.

1908: Before it annexes Hawaii in 1898 and colonizes the Philippines a year later, the United States possesses a military just capable of dealing with indigenous tribes, the Mexican army, and Spain. America's stance is defensive, although the world powers know that the United States has the capacity as soon as it finds the will.

Today: The United States has the largest...

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