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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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Power and Personality

Power and Personality

(p.3) 1 Power and Personality
Britain and the Last Tsar


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This chapter discusses British policy toward Russia in the period from 1894 to 1917 and describes the group of men, who constituted the foreign-policy-making elite. Foreign policy making was centred in the Cabinet and determined almost exclusively by the secretary of state of foreign affairs. The civil servants were primarily in the Foreign Office, but occasionally in other departments of state, who provided ministers with advice and information. The British representatives in Russia gathered a wide range of information about Russia and helped to shape perceptions of Russia since they could decide what information was important and how it should be presented. The ‘old Russia hands’ possessed an expertise concerning Russia as a result of various circumstances. They reported on Russia to the other members of the elite, and helped shape the public's views of Russia.

Keywords:   British policy, Russia, foreign-policy-making elite, foreign policy, Cabinet, civil servants, representatives, old Russia hands

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