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Imperial Russian Foreign Policy


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Robert E. Jones, E. V. Anisimov, Hans Bagger, Hugh Ragsdale, David M. Goldfrank, V. N. Vinogradov, V. N. Ponomarev, N. N. Bolkhovitinov, David MacKenzie, A. V. Ignatiev, David McDonald, Alfred J. Rieber
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  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521442299

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  • Imperial Russian Foreign Policy aims to demythologise a field hitherto dominated by suspicions of diabolical cunning, inscrutable motives, and international plots using unseen forces of the gigantic, fear-inspiring empire of the tsar. The contributors, leading historians from both Russia and the West, examine Imperial foreign policy from its origins to the October Revolution, revealing a policy that, as in other countries, had a complex of motives - commerce, nationalism, the interests of various social groups - but an unusual origin, coming almost exclusively from the entourage of the tsar. The work is based largely on original research in Soviet archives, which only became possible after Soviet glasnost.

    • Based on records only recently made available as a result of Perestroika
    • Combines the work of both Russian and Western historians
    • Reveals the truth behind biased and fearful accounts of Russian policy
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    ' … doubly welcome. It is inspired by genuine scholarly interest in the subject … it provides additional evidence of a broadening range of Russian historiography.' Richard Pipes, The Times Literary Supplement

    'The contributors show a high scholarly standard throughout. The cooperation of Western and Soviet historians in an outstanding, well-coordinated composition gives this book special appeal. It will be of great use … for teachers and students of history and international relations.' Dietrich Geyer, University of Tübingen

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521442299
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 160 x 39 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Origins Of Imperial Russian Foreign Policy:
    1. Imperial consciousness in eighteenth-century Russian foreign policy E. V. Anisimov
    2. The role of the Baltic in Russian foreign policy 1721–1773 Hans Bagger
    Part II. Imperial Russia and the Western Borderlands in the Eighteenth Century:
    3. Rusian projects of conquest in the eighteenth century Hugh Ragsdale
    4. Runaway peasants and Russian motives for the partitions of Poland Robert E. Jones
    Part III. Imperial Russia in the Coming of the Crimean War:
    5. Policy traditions and the Menshikov Mission of 1853 David M. Goldfrank
    6. The personal responsibility of Nicholas I for the coming of the Crimean War V. N. Vinogradov
    Part IV. Imperial Russian Foreign Policy in Mid-Nineteenth Century America:
    7. Russian policy in the US during the Crimean War V. N. Ponomarev
    8. The sale of Alaska in the context of Russo-American relations in the nineteenth century N. N. Bolkhovitinov
    Part V. Adventure and Disaster in the Late Empire:
    9. Russian policy in the Balkans in the reign of Alexander II, 1855–1881 David MacKenzie
    10. The foreign policy of Russia in the Far East at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries A. V. Ignatiev
    11. The interaction of foreign and domestic interests in central and southeast Europe, 1900–1914 David McDonald
    Part VI. Perspectives and Conclusions:
    12. Persistent factors in Russian foreign policy: an interpretative essay Alfred J. Rieber.

  • Editor

    Hugh Ragsdale, University of Alabama

    Assisted by

    Valeri Nikolaevich Ponomarev


    Robert E. Jones, E. V. Anisimov, Hans Bagger, Hugh Ragsdale, David M. Goldfrank, V. N. Vinogradov, V. N. Ponomarev, N. N. Bolkhovitinov, David MacKenzie, A. V. Ignatiev, David McDonald, Alfred J. Rieber

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