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Russia And Korea In 1904–1905: ‘Chamberlain’ A.I. Pavlov And His ‘Shanghai Service’

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This chapter focuses on some unknown pages of Russian-Korean relations. Its central figure is Aleksandr Ivanovich Pavlov, a highly placed Russian diplomat who was First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Beijing in the mid-1890s, then minister to Seoul, and finally, during the years of the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War, the founder and chief of a branch of the Russian secret service in China dubbed 'The Shanghai Service'. This former member of the navy who was still far from being an old man at the beginning of the twentieth century (he was born in 1860) succeeded in becoming one of the key figures in Russia's Far East policies. Despite this, until very recently, the name A. I. Pavlov seemed doomed to obscurity, and was practically forgotten. The whole Shanghai period of Pavlov's story was besmirched, and his reputation undeservedly and hopelessly ruined.

Keywords: Aleksandr Ivanovich Pavlov; Korea; Russia; Russo-Japanese War; Shanghai service



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