September 7 - American Russian Relations 1776-1917

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History of the Cold War September 7, 2007 American-Russian Relations, 1776-1917 Periods of Modern Russian History o Until February 1917: Imperial Russia or Tsarist Russia o February to October 1917: Provisional Government o October 1917 to December 1991: Soviet Russia (USSR 1922-1991) o Since December 1991: Russian Federation Periodization of American-Russian Relations o 1776-1881: Friendly relations between US and Imperial Russia o 1881-1917: Increased friction between US and Imperial Russia o Why were relations friendly until the 1880s? o Ideology subordinated to common interests Balance of power Common enemy: Britain Russian fleet to NY, SF, 1863 US vs. European intervention in Poland o Distance: separate spheres of expansion o Russian retreat from Pacific Northwest 1824 Treaty 1867 sale of Alaska o Frontier expansionism seemed parallel American West seen as similar to Siberia o Approval of authoritarian rule of “slaves”
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