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Distrust and resentment have plagued Anglo-Russian relations for centuries

On a visit to England in 1556, Ivan the Terrible’s envoy alienated Londoners with his extreme suspicions – and lurid insults have been exchanged ever since

22 June 2024

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22 June 2024

9:00 AM

The First Cold War: Anglo-Russian Relations in the 19th Century Barbara Emerson

Hurst, pp.544, 35

Has a book ever been more bizarrely mis-titled than this one? The First Cold War: Anglo-Russian Relations in the 19th Century has nothing whatever to do with the actual Cold War, nor is it for the most part concerned with the 19th century. Rather, Barbara Emerson has written a thorough and often diverting diplomatic history of Anglo-Russian relations from the 16th to the early 20th century.

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