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Study your enemy: Russian military and naval attachés in Japan

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The Japanese have long maintained that the Russians paid scant regard to Japanese military capabilities during the period preceding the Russo-Japanese War. Until recently, Russian military and naval attachés in Japan figured either haphazardly or not at all in historical studies of the Russo- Japanese War. With the approach of the centennial of the Russo-Japanese War, there was a general upsurge in academic efforts focusing on the conflict. Serious articles on Russian attachés by two young Russian scholars, P. V. Kondratenko and V. B. Kashirin, appeared in a Russian collection edited by O. R. Airapetov. Alexander Mikhailovich Bezobrazov consulted with K. I. Vogak and evidently accepted his perceptions of the Far Eastern situation. At the end of July 1903, on the eve of the imperial decree creating the Far Eastern Viceroyalty, a serious problem arose.

Keywords: Alexander Mikhailovich Bezobrazov; Far Eastern Viceroyalty; Japan; K. I. Vogak; naval attachés; P. V. Kondratenko; Russian military; Russo-Japanese War



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