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Author Mankoff, Jeffrey Aaron
Title Russia and the Polish question, 1907--1917: Nationality and diplomacy
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Descript 523 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-12, Section: A, page: 4663
Adviser: Paul M. Kennedy
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Yale University, 2006
This dissertation examines the evolution of Russian policy toward the Polish territories both in and outside the Russian Empire between 1907 and 1917. It argues that a new vision of Russo-Polish cooperation emerged to challenge the increasingly xenophobic, anti-Polish tone predominating in Russian political discourse after 1907. Proponents of this new vision, principally based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, advocated reconciliation with the Poles as a means of securing Russia's vulnerable Western borderlands from infiltration and attack by the Central Powers. Long stymied by domestic opposition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs moved quickly after the outbreak of the First World War to attempt to bring about a new era in Russo-Polish cooperation. Doing so in the context of wartime served to emphasize the international aspect of the problem that St. Petersburg had long minimized, and invited Allied intervention. Making Poland's future status a question of international concern ensured the hostility of the Russian Council of Ministers, and thereby ultimately doomed the Foreign Ministry's Polish policy
This dissertation challenges a number of fundamental assumptions about the nature of the late Tsarist regime and its relationship to both liberal "society" and the national minorities. It demonstrates that officials in the Foreign Ministry maintained extensive links with liberal journalists and professors, as well as with leaders of the Polish national movement, in a way that profoundly shaped the ministry's intervention in the Polish Question before and during World War I. This interaction operated in both directions, as the Foreign Ministry used its contacts with members of elite society (Russians as well as Poles) to build a political coalition in support of its conciliatory vision of Russo-Polish relations. It was able to do so successfully in part because support for a policy of Russo-Polish reconciliation cut across political and national lines, with a number of influential Russian nationalist and conservative figures supporting the Foreign Ministry's new vision
School code: 0265
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-12A
Subject History, European
History, Modern
Alt Author Yale University
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