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Britain and the Last TsarBritish Policy and Russia, 1894-1917$
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Keith Neilson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204701.001.0001

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Alliance Firmed, 1907–1910

Alliance Firmed, 1907–1910

(p.289) 10 Alliance Firmed, 1907–1910
Britain and the Last Tsar


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This chapter describes Izvolskii and his successor's efforts to steer Russian foreign policy between Germany and Britain that determined the nature of Anglo-Russian relations from mid-1907 to the beginning of 1911. The reception of the Anglo-Russian Convention in both countries was largely favourable. British policy was to ensure that Izvolskii's efforts did not affect British interests and for Britain to remain strong against any German threat. The great expectations of the Anglo-Russian Convention held in 1907 had not been realized. At home, Edward Grey faced the unrelenting opposition of the Radicals in his own party towards anything suggesting a closer relationship with Russia. Abroad, Grey had to deal with German diplomacy. Germany's endeavours, alternately threatening and cajoling to sunder Russia from France and Britain, and her attempt to induce Britain to agree to naval arms limitation, but always within the context of a general political agreement that would isolate Britain in Europe.

Keywords:   Izvolskii, Russian foreign policy, Germany, Anglo-Russian Convention, Britain, Edward Grey, German diplomacy, naval arms limitation, Anglo-Russian relations

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