On 30 March 1856, the Congress of Paris concluded with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, an official declaration that the Crimean War had ended. Signatories of the Treaty of Paris included representatives of Russia on the one side, and the alliance of Britain, France, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia on the other. Austria and Prussia were also represented at the Congress, although they had technically remained neutral during the conflict. Russia and the Ottoman Empire went to war in the fall of 1853 over the immediate issue of Russia’s right to protect Orthodox Christians. The longer term issues...

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