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Alexander Bitis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263273

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263273.001.0001

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War Planning and Diplomacy, 1819–1828

War Planning and Diplomacy, 1819–1828

(p.149) 5 War Planning and Diplomacy, 1819–1828
Russia and the Eastern Question

Alexander Bitis

British Academy

This chapter covers the search for strategy, the Greek question in the period of Congress diplomacy from 1822 to 1825, the accession of Nicholas I and the drift to war. The previous research was accompanied by the formulation of an innovative war plan which envisaged, for the first time in Russian military history, the crossing of the Balkan mountain range and an assault on Constantinople One of Kiselev's first actions on becoming head of the Second Army's Main Staff in 1819 was to draw up a war plan against the Ottoman Empire. He was assisted in this enterprise by the large body of experience acquired by the Russian army during its five previous Turkish wars fought between 1711 and 1812.

Keywords:   Balkan mountain, Constantinople, Kiselev, Second Army, Nicholas I, Russo-Turkish conflict

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