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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 Bear and the Whale: Russia in British Defence Planning

The Bear and the Whale: Russia in British Defence Planning

(p.110) 4 The Bear and the Whale: Russia in British Defence Planning
Britain and the Last Tsar


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This chapter discusses British defence planning in Russia. The prominent Russian newspaper, Novoe vremia characterized the nineteenth century as one full Anglo-Russian quarrels, and termed them ‘the great struggle between the bear and the whale’. Russia was Europe's most formidable land power for much of the nineteenth century and represented the greatest threat to Britain's largely sea-based global pre-eminence. Much of the British defence planning in the century after Waterloo can be interpreted as an attempt to discover a way to check the burgeoning Russian menace. The essential point is that Anglo-Russian relations were never far from matters of defence.

Keywords:   British defence planning, Novoe vremia, Anglo-Russian relations, Waterloo, Russia, Britain

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