Russian Imperialism and Naval Power: Military Strategy and the Build-Up to the Russo-Japanese War

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I.B.Tauris, May 15, 2011 - History - 342 pages
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From 1904-1905, Russia and Japan were locked in conflict arising from rival imperial ambitions in the Far East. Nicholas Papastratigakis offers an integrated analysis of Russian naval strategy in the decade before this Russo-Japanese War, in which the Russians suffered catastrophic defeat. He seeks to determine the extent to which their defeat can be attributed to flawed Tsarist naval strategy in the region. Rooted in rich primary resources from Russian, French, and British archives, the book sheds new light on Russia's conduct in international affairs in the pre-World War I era. Papastratigakis places Russian naval strategy in the broader context of Russian military strategy at the turn of the century, and of imperialism and "navalism" in general. This book will be of enormous interest to scholars and students of naval, military, imperial, and Russian history.
  

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Contents

The Russian Empire and Navy at the Turn of the Twentieth
33
Russian Naval Strategy 18811893
59
Russian Naval Strategy at the Crossroads 18941895
93
The Establishment of Far Eastern Primacy 18961898
125
The Practicalities of Reinforcing the Pacific Ocean
159
Alekseevs Operational Plan and Future Challenges
193
The End of the Game 19031904
226
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Nicholas Papastratigakis received his PhD from the London School of Economics, where he also taught for three years. He is currently an independent researcher based in Athens.

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