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lecture by Helen Szamuely

25th March 2008

To all members of the Great Britain-Russia Society
Dear fellow members
The talk this Thursday evening in Pushkin House, to be given by Dr. Helen
Szamuely, will most certainly be extremely authoritative and revealing.
The talk is about the Anglo-Russian Accord on Persia in 1907. This Accord
is regarded as bringing "The Great Game" to a close.
How much did the division of Persia into Russian and British spheres of
influence engender subsequent Iranian xenophobia?
And what are the consequences of that xenophobia today?
Why is the Russian Federation today cultivating such friendly relations
with Iran?
How 'forward' was Russia's Imperial expansion in Central Asia in the
nineteenth century, and what threat did it pose to the British Empire in
India?
What was the ulterior motive for Russia wanting to dismember the Ottoman
Empire?
What brought about the German-Turkish alliance before the First World
War?
These are all questions that Dr. Helen Szamuely is brilliantly well
equipped to answer, for this was the material for her research for her
doctorate.
So do come this Thursday at 6.30 p.m. We still have some spare places. If
possible please book your place on line (via the web site
www.http://gbrussia.org).
It should be a fascinating lecture.
Yours sincerely
Daniel Salbstein
Chairman

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