Document ReferenceBu 48/85/1-2
TitleCopy letter from Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia, to 2nd Earl Granville [G. Leveson-Gower], Foreign Office, London; 6 Dec 1870.
Date6 December 1870
Content DescriptionEncloses a memorandum by Mr Rumbold.

Mr Rumbold writes that the Russian declaration has been unfavourably received among the upper classes of Russia, although they are not so opposed to it as a matter of principle, and they do admire its boldness; it is seen as being necessary to pacify the extreme national party; Mr Katkov, one of the nationalist leaders, has been lukewarm on the subject, probably because his influence has waned as a result of his advocacy of classical studies; Russian military reorganisation and compulsory military service is being considered, but there are enormous problems with this; there is also a shortage of educated Russians to work in administration and education.
Termtreaties, Treaty of Paris 1856, Russian repudiation
military campaigns, Franco-Prussian War 1870-1
military campaigns, conscription
politics, Russian, nationalism

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6608Milyutin; D.A. (1816-1912); Count; Russian Minister of War; general1816-1912
NA6644Rumbold; Horace (1829-1913); 8th Baronet; diplomat1829-1913
NA7550Katkov; Mikhail N. (1818-1887); -; editor Moscow Gazette1818-1887
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6137Gower; Granville G. Leveson- (1815-1891); 2nd Earl Granville; diplomat M.P. statesman1815-1891
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