Project Summary

why did the Tsarist government reorient its foreign policy between 1904 and 1914, shifting emphasis from the Far East to Europe and the Near East to the point of going to war over the Balkan question in 1914? why was the Balkan and Near Eastern policy so important as to compel not only the Tsarist, but also the Provisional Governnment, to continue the war effort despite a precarious domestic situation and the staggering social costs of the war? Russian foreign policy;