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The Great Game, 1856–1907: Russo-British Relations in Central and East Asia

The Great Game, 1856–1907 presents a new view of the British-Russian competition for dominance in Central Asia in the second half of the nineteenth century. Evgeny Sergeev offers a complex and novel point of view by synthesizing official collections of documents, parliamentary papers, political pamphlets, memoirs, contemporary journalism, and guidebooks from unpublished and less studied primary sources in Russian, British, Indian, Georgian, Uzbek, and Turkmen archives. His efforts amplify our knowledge of Russia by considering the important influences of local Asian powers.

Privacy and Missing Persons after Natural Disasters

Editors: Lea Shanley, Aaron Lovell, and Zack Bastian. On behalf of the Commons Lab within Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Britain and the Transcaucasian Nationalities During the Russian Civil War (1980)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #104, 1980. PDF 24 pages.

Foreign Participation in Russian Economic Life: Notes on British Enterprise, 1865-1917 (1978)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #55, 1978. PDF 31 pages.

Media Briefing: Secretary Kerry's First Interntational Trip

On February 24 John Kerry will make his first international trip as Secretary of State, including stops in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. What will be the economic and political impacts globally of the announced trade alliance between the U.S. and Europe? Do recent military interventions in Libya and Mali provide models for the future of transatlantic alliances like NATO? How will the U.S. and Europe address continuing instability in the MENA region following the Arab Awakening?

CANCELLED: Britain – the Question of Written Constitutions and the World Since 1776


After the American and French Revolutions, new-style written constitutions gradually came to be viewed as an essential symbol of a modern state. Britain, however, both fought against these two revolutions and has famously retained its un-codified constitution. Despite this, the impact of the new constitutions on ideas and politics in Britain was a profound one and has changed markedly over time; while Britain's own impact on the writing of other constitutions has been enormous. This seminar presentation explores these paradoxes.

Six Months in 1945: The Origins of the Cold War

The Cold War effectively began in 1945, as soon as Americans and Russians encountered each other in the heart of Europe.  But nobody, not least Stalin, wanted the Cold War. The political leaders all attempted to negotiate a period of detente, but were thrust into ideological, military, and economic confrontation by the circumstances of the end of the war, the development of nuclear weapons, and the diametrically opposed natures of the Soviet and American systems. This account thus takes a fresh outlook, differing with both the traditionalist and revisionists.  

POSTPONED--The Worlds of Joseph Conrad


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