Russian Imperialism: The Interaction of Domestic and Foreign Policy, 1860-1914

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Yale University Press, 1987 - Political Science - 396 pages
This book offers a fresh and stimulating analysis of the often elusive relationship between domestic and foreign policy in Russia before the First World War. Dietrich Geyer, one of Germany's leading historians of Russia, discusses a wide variety of economic, fiscal, institutional, and ideological developments within imperial Russia. In so doing, he brings into sharp relief the difficulties faced by the ruling elites in maintaining Russia's great power position in Europe, the Near East, and the Far East.
Now available in English for the first time, this widely acclaimed book will be welcomed as an indispensable resource by all those who were unable to read the original German edition.
"By far the most perceptive, knowledgeable, and intelligent work on the last half century of imperial Russia in print." -Theodore H. Von Laue, Russian History
"This important, tightly packed book... analyzes the basic problems of Russian imperialism thoroughly and with enormous erudition.... Scholars concerned with imperialism and Russian domestic and foreign problems will welcome this thought-provoking work." -David MacKenzie, American Historical Review
"A convincing and important analysis of the mutual dependence of autocratic domestic and foreign politics.... This book ought to be the occasion for a renewed and wide discussion of Russian imperialism and should give rise to further studies of the question." -Alan Kimball, Slavic Review
"This is a remarkably good book. Good in many respects--quality of research and writing, breadth of view, command of the facts, balance and penetration in judgment, familiarity with relevant theory.... The book represents a revived and deepened historicism." -Paul W. Schroeder, Journal of Modern History
 

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Contents

Contours of the Reform Crisis
17
Economic Conditions
33
Tables
34
The Role of Nationalism
49
Imperial Interests
64
Backwardness and Industrialisation
125
St Petersburgs German
150
Relations
169
War and Revolution
220
Armaments Financial Policies and the Economy
255
State revenues 19001914
258
Foreign Policy and Military Planning
273
Internal Political Conflicts and the Decision to
293
The Asian Periphery
318
Abbreviations
347
Index
383

Expansion in Eastern Asia
186

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