Russia's Balkan entanglements, 1806-1914


Russia's Balkan entanglements, 1806-1914

Barbara Jelavich

Cambridge University Press, 1991

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Bibliography: p. 277-284

Index: p. 285-[292]



In the century between 1806 and 1914 tsarist Russia was drawn into five wars due to its deep involvement, based on treaty rights and established traditions, in Balkan affairs. This book examines the reason for the Russian involvement in the Balkan peninsula and attempts to explain at least partially the connection that drew the Russian government into entanglements that were not only dangerous to its great power interests, but were also difficult to control. The wars, waged at a high human and economic cost, limited the resources that could be spent on internal development and in particular when they ended in defeat, led to domestic unrest and after 1856 and 1917 to drastic internal change.


  • List of maps and illustrations
  • Preface
  • 1. Rights and obligations acquired: the advance to the Black Sea, the Danubian Principalities, and the Serbian revolution
  • 2. Rights and obligations defended and extended: the Greek revolution and the Russo-Turkish War, 1828-9
  • 3. The defense of the status quo: the Crimean War
  • 4. Balkan involvements continued: the Bulgarian question and the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-8
  • 5. Final steps: the Belgrade link and the origins of World War I
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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