A Great Russia: Russia and the Triple Entente, 1905-1914
Praeger, 2002 - 190 páginas
The Triple Entente of Great Britain, Russia, and France was the foreign policy prong of the Russian imperial government's reaction to the disastrous events of 1905, including the revolution and the near defeat in the Russo-Japanese War. This alignment with the two western, liberal powers was almost universally perceived within official Russian governing circles as a necessary, if ideologically distasteful, diplomatic relationship to offset the growing German threat on the continent. Maintaining the entente would help Russia retain its great power status. For the first time, Tomaszewski tells the official Russian side of the story, long inaccessible due to restrictions imposed by the relevant Russian archives during the Soviet era. In doing so, she sheds new light on the international scene as the crisis of World War One approached.
The Triple Entente went hand in hand with two policies of Stolypin, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers: draconian repression of the revolutionaries and sweeping domestic reforms. Acutely aware that serious failures in foreign policy would threaten the regime's existence, the imperial government designed both its foreign and its domestic policies to consolidate the autocracy for the twentieth century. Nicholas II gambled on the Triple Entente and its diplomatic alignment with the other two status-quo powers as the best means of preserving the peace in Europe and thereby preserving the imperial system as well.
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He believed that the benefits of such a law would be many: "The combat capacity
of the army will be considerably enlarged, mobilisation better ensured and the
instruction of the army will respond to modern requirements."62 The fall of the ...
He believed that Germany and Turkey would yield if Russia, France, and Britain
took a firm stand. Germany might risk war against Russia and France, he
believed, but it could not face the additional danger of a naval war with Britain.
Given his financial preoccupations and the preeminence of the Paris market,
Kokovtsov expended less energy on Britain than France, but he was a firm
supporter of the Entente and believed in the importance of increased trade
between the ...
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