Examining Russian military intelligence in the war with Japan of 1904-05, this book, based on newly-accessible documents from the tsarist era military, naval and diplomatic archives, gives an overview of the origins, structure and performance of Russian military intelligence in the Far East at the turn of the twentieth century, investigating developments in strategic and tactical military espionage, as well as combat renaissance. It provides a comprehensive reappraisal of the role of military intelligence in the years immediately preceding the First World War, by comparing the Russian military secret services to those of the other great powers, including Britain, Germany, France and Japan.
Table of Contents
1. Russian MI at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 2. Japan’s War Capability through Russian Eyes 3. The Japanese Attack Against the Pacific Squadron 4. Russian MI in the First Months of War 5. Inside the Bastions of Port Arthur 6. Russian MI in the Battles of Liaoyang and Shaho 7. Realignments in Russian MI before and after the Battle of Mukden 8. The Debacle in the Straight of Tsushima 9. The Dilemmas of Portsmouth 10. Repercussions of the War: A Thorny Path of Reforms. Epilogue. Appendix: Russian Intelligence Staff in 1904-05
Evgeny Sergeev is head of ‘The Twentieth Century in World History’ research center at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of General History, in Moscow. He is also Professor in the Russian Academy of Sciences State University of Humanitarian Studies. His research interests focus on the history of international relations, and developments in the secret services and perceptions among military elites.