Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


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Master's Thesis

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Russia--Foreign relations--Great Britain; Great Britain--Foreign relations--Russia


Great Britain has proved herself sufficient to counteract Russia in her Balkan enterprises on more than one occasion. In mentioning the War for Greek Independence, we must remember that political aspirations of the Tsars and a series of wars had made the Russians and the Turks traditional enemies and that Great Britain entered the war in order that Russia might not unduly profit at the expense of the Turks. In 1841, Great Britain was in a great way responsible for the Treaty of the Straits which closed the Dardanelles in time of war. In 1853, Turkey and Russia again went to war, and the following year Great Britain and France formally joined Turkey, Sardinia joining the Allies in 1855. They met with rather unexpected resistance, and it was not until 1856 that Russia was forced to submit. At the meeting of the Congress of Berlin in 1878, the Tsar, quite naturally, was afraid that a congress of such jealous diplomats would re-examine and reconstruct the very satisfactory treaty of San Stefano, so as to rob him of the spoils of conquest. Lord Beaconsfield, by threatening Russia with war, succeeded in persuading the reluctant Tsar to submit the entire question to the conference, and he had the good fortune to turn the tables to the interests of Great Britain and Austria-Hungary.