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Britain and the Last Tsar: British Policy and Russia, 1894-1917

Keith Neilson


This book provides a fundamental re-interpretation of British foreign and defence policy before the First World War. The current orthodoxy asserts that the rise of an aggressive and powerful Germany forced Britain — a declining power — to abandon her traditional policy of avoiding alliances and to enter into alliance with Japan (1902), France (1904), and Russia (1907) in order to contain the German menace. In a controversial rejection of this theory, this book argues that Britain was the pre-eminent world power in 1914 and that Russia, not Germany, was the principal long-term threat to Britain ... More

Keywords: First World War, Germany, Britain, alliance, Russia, Anglo-Russian relations, foreign policy, defence policy, Japan, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Neilson, author
Royal Military College, Ontario