This book aims to examine the role of the Russian army, government, and society in the Russo-Turkish and Russo-Persian military and diplomatic struggle in the Near East — the Balkans, Caucasus and Transcaucasia — between 1815 and 1833. It focuses on the ideas and activities of tsars Alexander I (r. 1801–25) and Nicholas 1 (r. 1825–55), the Russian Foreign Ministry and its diplomatic corps, the high command of the Second Army and Caucasus Corps, and domestic political groupings and educated society toward Eastern affairs. This chapter outlines the main trends in English and Russian historical writings.
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