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Reviews : Alan W. Fisher, The Russian Annexation of the Crimea 1772-1783, Cambridge University Press, I970. I80pp. £3.20 Norman E. Saul, Russia and the Mediterranean 1797-1807, Chicago University Press, I970. 357 PP. £3.95

Reviews : Alan W. Fisher, The Russian Annexation of the Crimea 1772-1783, Cambridge University Press, I970. I80pp. £3.20 Norman E. Saul, Russia and the Mediterranean 1797-1807, Chicago University Press, I970. 357 PP. £3.95

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ReviewsAlan W. Fisher, The Russian Annexation of the Crimea 1772-1783, Cambridge University Press, I970. I80pp. £3.20 Norman E. Saul, Russia and the Mediterranean 1797-1807, Chicago University Press, I970. 357 PP. £3.95 SAGE Publications, Inc.1972DOI: 10.1177/026569147200200107 Paul Dukes University of Aberdeen In the late eighteenth century, the imperial expansion of Russia reached a culminating point. Her armies under such generals as Suvorov, her navies under such admirals as the Scots Greig and Elphinston, met with dazzling successes. She took large slices of Poland and established a commanding position first on the Black Sea, then in the Mediterranean. Little has been written in the West about these last two developments, to which two young American scholars have devoted their attention in doctoral dissertations now turned into books. In both cases, the transformation has been rather hurried. This is not because their primary research has not been thorough. Fisher has worked in the Turkish National Archives and consulted a wide range of sources in both Turkish and Russian. Like Fisher, Saul has not used Soviet archives, but has found sufficient compensation in Corfu, Dubrovnik, London, Naples, Rome and Vienna, as well as using appropriate secondary materials. However, both books might have
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