Russia, Germany and the Alliance system, 1872-1914 pt1 | The History Faculty

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Podcast investigating the German and Russian alliance systems of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Germany and Russia entered into a loose alliance in the late nineteenth century, but this was soon abandoned in favour of closer ties with Austria-Hungary; Russian and Austro-Hungarian interests frequently collided. Russia entered instead into an alliance with France in the 1890s. Did this alliance system made war more likely rather than less likely? How important was this alliance system to Germany’s declaration of war against Russia in 1914?

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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