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The Tsar's Last Armada : The Epic Journey to the Battle of Tsushima - Constantine Pleshakov

The Tsar's Last Armada

The Epic Journey to the Battle of Tsushima


Published: 21st May 2002
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On May 14, 1905, modern Eurocentric world died.

For the first time, an Asian nation defeated a European power.

Russia's total defeat at Tsushima, the deciding battle of the Russo-Japanese war, confirmed Japan as a rising superpower and would-be ruler of the East. In a single day the Russian fleet was annihilated, its ships sunk, scattered, or captured. The Japanese lost only three destroyers, while the Russians kept only three of thirty-eight ships and lost thousands of sailors.

It was the first modern naval battle, employing all the new technology of destruction. The old imperial navy was woefully unprepared.

The Battle of Tsushima is among the top five naval battles in history, equal in scope and drama to those of Lepanto, Trafalgar, Jutland, and Midway. Yet despite its importance and its drama, the history of this battle has long been neglected in the West.

In The Tsars' Last Armada this story of adventure, perseverance and tragedy is finally told. With a novelist's eye and a historian's authority, Pleshakov tells of the Russian squadron's long difficult journey and fast, horrible defeat.

About the Author

Constantine V. Pleshakov is Director of the Geopolitics and Pacific Studies Center at the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Constantine Pleshakov received his Ph.D. from the Soviet Academy of Sciences and was Director of the Geopolitics Center there until 1995. He has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a Fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, and since 1998 has been a professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. He is the co-author of Inside the Kremlin's Cold War and Flight of the Romanovs and has published six novels and a collection of short stories in Russia. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Forewordp. XV
Acknowledgmentsp. XIX
"The First Ball of the Tsar," 1890-1904p. 3
"Master the Sea!" January-August 1904p. 25
"Rumors from the Bazaar," August-October 1904p. 69
"This Is a Miserable Fleet," October 4-23, 1904, Western Europep. 91
"We Have No Coast Batteries in Dakar!" October 23-December 16, 1904, African Coastp. 115
"The Yacht Squadron," October 1904-January 1905, Red Seap. 151
"Nossibeisk," December 16, 1904-March 3, 1905, Madagascarp. 169
"Ten Guns Done Up in India Rubber," March 1905, Indian Oceanp. 203
"A Hole Coated in Iron," March 26-May 1, 1905, Indochinap. 217
"Be Prepared for Full Steam Ahead," May 1-13, 1905, Pacific Oceanp. 247
"They Are All There!" 6:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M., May 14, 1905p. 261
"Follow the Admiral," 5:30 P.M., May 14-1 P.M., May 15, 1905p. 277
"Slutty Old Geezer," May 14-21, 1905p. 287
"Throw Me Overboard," 5:30 P.M., May 14-6 A.M., May 16, 1905p. 299
"Return Soon," May-November 1905p. 309
"The Insulted Russian People," November 3, 1905-January 1, 1909p. 321
Notesp. 339
Select Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9781903985311
ISBN-10: 1903985315
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 21st May 2002
Dimensions (cm): 389.5 x 595.8
Weight (kg): 0.774