¹ 4, 2004
Resting upon archives and other materials, the author analyzes the history of Russia’s foreign policy doctrine at the late 19th – early 20th centuries. According to A.Kuznetsov, the conceptual legacy of the older Russia needs further consideration and, more importantly, creative analysis applicable to current objectives of the country’s foreign policy. The author believes that the thinking of those who elaborated the older Russia’s foreign policy lay in a broad historical perspective, which let them foresee many of the things that correspond to modern conceptions of the countries’ national interests. The author marks out, among others, the aspiration to solve the centennial contradiction between the great power status of the country and the lack of military and economic resources, the quest for ways to comply foreign policy with the interests of internal social and economic development.
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