The ""Eastern Question"", in European history, encompasses the diplomatic and political problems posed by the ""Sick man of Europe"" (the Ottoman Empire), as its political control over the Balkans weakened over time. This gave rise to national aspirations (especially in Greece, Serbia and the rest of the Balkans), and the goal of the Russians to dominate the Balkans. The expression does not apply to any one particular problem, but instead includes a variety of issues raised during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including instability in the European territories of the Ottoman Empire.The Eastern Question is normally dated to 1774, when the Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774) ended in defeat for the Ottomans. As the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire was believed to be imminent, the European powers engaged in a power struggle to safeguard their military, strategic and commercial interests in the Ottoman domains. Imperial Russia stood to benefit from the decline of the Ottoman Empire; on the other hand, Austria-Hungary and Great Britain deemed the preservation of the Empire to be in their best interests. The Eastern Question was put to rest after World War I, one of the outcomes of which was the collapse and division of the Ottoman holdings among the victors.