Britain, Russia, and the Road to the First World War: The Fateful Embassy of Count Aleksandr Benckendorff (1903-16)

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - History - 312 pages
For much of the later nineteenth-century Britain regarded Russia as its main international rival, particularly as regarded the security of its colonial possessions in India. Yet, by 1907 Russia's political revolution, financial collapse and military defeat by Japan, transformed the situation, resulting in an Anglo-Russian rapprochement. As this book makes clear, whilst international affairs lay at the root of this new relationship, personal factors also played an important role in reversing many years of mutual animosity and suspicion.
 

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Contents

Old Diplomacy a la Russe 18681902
13
The New Ambassador and his Objectives 19021904
41
The RussoJapanese War 19041905
73
The AngloRussian Rapprochement 19051907
107
The School of Compromise 19071908
143
Balance Abandoned 19081910
169
Waiting for an August War 19101913
201
The Price of an Alliance 19141917
237
Conclusion
285
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