THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

Foreign policy of Russia at Alexander III (on the role of the outstanding person in political history)

2017. №4, pp. 248-256

Molchanova V.V. - graduate student, Astrakhan State University, 20a Tatischeva Str., Astrakhan, 414056 Russian Federation, violetta-molchanova@rambler.ru

This article will consider how beliefs, sympathies, personal motives influenced the building of international relations between Russia and foreign powers. Modern historiography interprets the personality of this autocrat as the last strong political force on the Russian throne. From the will and personal understanding of the monarch depended whether the states would cement their relations with a peace treaty, an alliance, or would be rivals who tried to weaken each other by all means, expose the aggressor state or withdraw their potential allies from the game; whether they will avoid various conflicts in every possible way, while preserving their dignity, be it an armed conflict or diplomatic bickering.

Key words: внешняя политика, Российская империя, элита, геополитика, роль личность в истории, «Большая игра», конфликт, война и мир, foreign policy, Russian empire, elite, geopolitics, the role of personality in history, "The Great Game", conflict, war and peace

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