Imperial Russian Foreign Policy

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This book provides an introduction suitable for both specialist and non-specialist to the principal traditions, objectives, conditions, and instruments of Russian foreign policy, 1700-1917, through the presentation of new research. It is both the first cooperative effort in the subject by both Russian and Western historians and the first to be consciously representative of the spirit of glasnost and a post-Cold War mentality. It is based to a large extent on previously inaccessible Russian manuscript source materials, and it contains the only serious scholarly surveys of both the historiography and the bibliography of the subject.

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"This is an impressive collection of papers..." Journal of Modern History

"...inspired by genuine scholarly interest in the provides additional evidence of a broadening of the range of Russian historiography." Richard Pipes, Times Literary Supplement

" excellent collection that offers a number of new approaches to old problems. Utilizing traditional sources and new materials, its contributors have helped reinvigorate the study of Russian foreign affairs during the imperial era. The Wilson Center should be commended for sponsoring the initial conference and Cambridge University Press should be congratulated for publishing this important addition to our evolving knowledge of Russian foreign policy." William Richardson, Slavic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521442299
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 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.

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