Russia's Foreign Relations during the Last Half Century

Russia's Foreign Relations during the Last Half Century

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Russia's Foreign Relations during the Last Half Century

Russia's Foreign Relations during the Last Half Century

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I began the preparation of my lectures for the Institute of Politics with some apprehension. In the first place I felt that we were too far from the most valuable sources of information, namely the European archives of the foreign offices, especially the Russian Foreign Office, that still contain untold historical treasures.

Another difficulty that confronted me is the fact that the events of the last half-century are too recent, and it is very difficult to remain absolutely impartial. Yet the contemporary has one great asset, his personal observations, and these are particularly valuable in portraying personal characteristics.

Russia's rôle during these last decades has been very important. Little can be understood of the modern tangle of European affairs if one does not know or consider Russia's foreign relations.

In analyzing the latter one must keep in mind not only the social forces that move nations to certain ends . . .

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