This study, the first of its kind in English, examines Russian responses to the independence movement in Latin America during the early nineteenth century.
This study, the first of its kind in English, examines Russian responses to the independence movement in Latin America during the early nineteenth century. From a strictly presentist perspective, the investigation of this subject contributes to the historiography of colonialism and of Latin America's relations with the major world powers. In addition, it rounds out the story of foreign interests in the emancipation of Spanish and Portuguese America, while at the same time shedding new light on the history of Russian overseas expansion.
The study probes the major determinants of Russian responses to the struggle for independence of colonial Latin America and evaluates, from a European perspective, the actual impact of tsarist policy on the course of those historic events. Drawing on a wide range of printed materials and on hitherto unused manuscript sources from the archives and libraries of Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and the USSR, it isolates Russian New World objectives during the first decades of the nineteenth century and relates those objectives to the formulation of tsarist policy toward the insurgent Iberian colonies.
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- 1. Introduction
- 2. The Awakening of Russian Interest in America
- 3. The Continental System and Russian Commercial Interests in the New World
- 4. The Russian Presence in America
- 5. Initial Responses to Political Change in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires
- 6. Colonial Pacification and the Dilemma of Intervention
- 7. The Final Years: Russian Responses to Colonial Emancipation