By Evgeny Sergeev

Studying Russian army intelligence within the battle with Japan of 1904-05, this ebook, in line with newly-accessible files from the tsarist period army, naval and diplomatic data, provides an outline of the origins, constitution and function of Russian army intelligence within the a ways East on the flip of the 20 th century, investigating advancements in strategic and tactical army espionage, in addition to wrestle renaissance. It presents a entire reappraisal of the position of army intelligence within the years instantly previous the 1st international warfare, by way of evaluating the Russian army mystery providers to these of the opposite nice powers, together with Britain, Germany, France and Japan.

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36 Contemporaries often paid attention to other negative characteristics of this higher military school. They were intrigues, nepotism and political conservatism. Hence, some opinions of the Academy might sound critical. 37 As to such an abominable tradition as nepotism, it ran rampant in every branch of the tsarist administration. A powerful relative or patron usually promoted his protégé to higher staff positions. 38 This practice had gained so wide a spread in the military bureaucracy by the start of the twentieth century that scholars sometimes mistakenly confuse one person with another of the same surname.

Since that time, 16 Russian MI around 1900 light-armed naval vessels had been utilized as auxiliary means of short-range reconnaissance at a distance of approximately 20–30 miles from their coastal bases. 28 The sole talented Russian naval commander at that time, Vice Admiral Stepan Osipovich Makarov, who had thoroughly studied classical treaties by Captains Mahan and Columb, paid an increasing pitch of attention to the development of naval intelligence. In the book Discussion on Problems of Naval Tactic he formulated a conception of the practical application of such technical innovations as wireless transmitting stations and submarines with minimal crew in reconnaissance at sea.

Aleksei Kuropatkin, General of Infantry, War Minister1 Russian discourse on Japan before the war The impressions of Japan as a distant, exotic country were epitomized by Russian travellers in their notebooks and memoirs. They contained a peculiar amalgamation of astonishment and disdain. On the one hand, they viewed the Land of the Rising Sun as a wonderland, a territory of inner harmony, which was differentiated greatly from the Christian world of challenges and contradictions. On the other hand, the Japanese were portrayed in their essays as people, morally and intellectually, inferior to Europeans.

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