The Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)

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How the war started

  • Russia's foreign policy was determined by the size of the Russian Empire, and the protection of its many frontiers was a constant preoccupation. The Russian government had three main reasons for going to war with Japan:
  • They wanted to expand in the Far East, to make up for the relative decline in Europe. 
  • They wanted to obtain an ice-free port, as all of Russia's major ports on its Northern coastline were frozen over for some part of the year. 
  • They wanted to distract people from Russia's own domestic…

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