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Theodore Roosevelt And The Portsmouth Peace Conference: The Riddle And Ripple Of His Forbearance

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On 19 August, Theodore Roosevelt, invited the Russian plenipotentiary, Roman Rosen, to his house at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay on the outskirts of New York and set about directly brokering a peace agreement by calling on the Russians to make concessions to Japan. Roosevelt sent a telegram to George von Lengerke Meyer, the US ambassador in St Petersburg, instructing him to present a personal message on his behalf to the tsar and persuade him to achieve a peace settlement by making concessions to Japan. That same night Roosevelt also sent letters to the French and German ambassadors enclosing copies of this message. The chapter mentions how relations between Komura and Ishii shifted during the course of the Portsmouth Peace Conference. In 1906, Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to ending the Russo-Japanese War due to the active arrangements he had made for the Portsmouth Peace Conference.

Keywords: Portsmouth peace conference; Roman Rosen; Russo-Japanese War; Theodore Roosevelt



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