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The Crimean War (1853-56)

Russia was opposed by the British, French, Turks and Piedmontese
The war showed Russia to be military inferior to the more industrialised countries of Western Europe
The Russians weapons and military equipment proved obsolete
The countrys transportation system failed to serve adequately the needs of the war
Serfdom was blamed for the backwardness of Russias military industry as well as the ignorance and poor health of the armys rank and file (conscripted serfs)
Russias defeats underlined the pressing need for fundamental reforms
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