The Russian Empire and the World, 1700-1917

The Russian Empire and the World, 1700-1917 : The Geopolitics of Expansion and Containment

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Both an historical survey of Russia's expansion during the Imperial Period (1700--1917) and a geopolitical interpretation of its motive and goals, this text also analyzes the policies to contain that expansion on a global scale. The Russian Empire and The World postulates the existence of a permanent geopolitical framework called the Heartland within which a Russian core area fought for hegemony. The text brings together various strands of Russian foreign policy before 1917, showing the consistency and importance of the policy's purpose and methods. It draws valuable lessons to help readers understand Soviet foreign policy and the renewed pressures Russia faces to restore its position within the Heartland, making this an ideal text for courses in Russian History, International Relations, and Political Science. Ranging from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the end of World War I, The Russian Empire and The World offers the most successful explanation as to how, despite reversals and limitations, Russia succeeded in becoming the world's largest contiguous land empire in European history.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.9 x 20.1mm | 636.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 0195109279
  • 9780195109276
  • 2,005,393

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Both a historical survey of Russia's expansion during the Imperial Period (1700-1917) and a geopolitical interpretation of its motives and goals, this text also analyzes the policies to contain that expansion on a global scale.show more

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This is a book which will prove to be invaluable reference work for all those interested in the history of Austria over the last century and a half./Tim Kirk University of Northumbria/EHR Juen 1999. His extremely compact text...The text is rich, and speaks with many voices: Sometimes it records individual motivation ("As early as 1774 or 1775, Potemkin conceived an 'eastern system.'")./Max J. Okenfuss, St. Louis./Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas 47 (1999). John Ledonne's new work is a significant exception...This work is at once impressive, ambitious, stimulating./Hugh Ragsdale/Foreign Affairs, March-April 1999. LeDonne provides a clear and richly detailed account of Russia's international relations.../ This densely written book is a good guide to the detail of Russian foreign policy.../ Peter Waldron, University of Sunderland, The Historical Association, 1999. this is no ordinary diplomatic history. There is a good deal of detail about treaties, IdemarchesI and military matters as there has to be in any study of foreign affairs./ David N. Collins, Leeds University, Jrnl??show more

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