- Nov 2011
- The Dustbin, formerly, Garden of England
Russia had reached it's natural limits
they abandoned their interest in Alaska , northern California , had cursory looks at the central pacific and blankly refused to have anything to do with Papua new guinea
in Central Asia , they had their hands full with what they held and their only interest with Afghanistan was to counter the British
on the Caucasian front they were butting against the Persians and Ottomans , there also their main concern was stability in a rather unstable region
the Balkans were an issue mostly for religious and nationalist reason reasons, their policy was to set up friendly kingdoms under their protection
they actually disengaged from Finland and gave them their first real national structure
tried to do the same with Poland but the Polish are un-redeemable Russian haters
on the whole the Empire had reached its limits , the canard about access to warm water
is sooo much a British obsession , Russians just don't think that way .
there was a strong emotional push to free Constantinople from the Turks but it was mostly kept in the daydream section of their brain
As for an Hypothetical 1950 war ,there is some serious questions ,
what would be the shape of the Russian government ?
what would be china doing
would Austro Hungary still held together
Britain by itself would only provide a navy in a land war
So it would be the WW1 as it was planed in July 1914
The Russians gave up their American territories because they became convinced that Britain would sooner or later take them in a future war, perhaps even use their acquisition as an excuse for a future conflict. Tsar Alexander did make an approach to sell them to Britain but was turned down flat by Palmerston. The Tsar's brother Grand Duke Konstantin, thought that selling to America would be a rather good idea to "cut off" British Columbia and encourage America to press claims against British North America and hopefully inspire strained relations.
Russian was also quite broke after the Crimean war and they needed the cash.