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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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The Élite’s Russia

The Élite’s Russia

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Britain and the Last Tsar


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This chapter discusses Russia as political system and a collection of personalities. The Russian autocracy was seen to be an old fashioned kind of government, one that put great emphasis on individuals rather than on institutions or process. The information provided by the embassy in St. Petersburg was impressive. With extensive contacts in Russian society, the British were attuned to the undertones of Russian politics and their knowledge compares favourably with modern research. British policy towards Russia was based on the elite's beliefs about the nature of Russia, Russian policy, and the attitudes of individual Russians.

Keywords:   Russia, Russian autocracy, St. Petersburg, Russian politics, elite, Russian policy, Russian society

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