Е.Г. Кострикова, Геополитические интересы России и славянский вопрос: Идейная борьба в российском обществе в начале XX века, Москва: Кучково поле, 2017. 384 с.Denis Rodin
The research by E. Kostrikova published in 2017 continues the series of works by modern Russian historians that focus on perception of the Ottoman Empire and Balkan countries in pre-revolutionary Russia (such as: “The Tsar and the Sultan. The Ottoman Empire in eyes of Russians” by V. Taki and “The sick man during wars and revolutions” The image of Turkey in Russian magazine satire 1908-1918” by T. Filippova). Despite having “The Slavic question” (which in the paper is being perceived as the problem of unification of the Slavs in face of foreign danger) in the title, the author pays primary attention to the Balkan aspect due to traditional importance of the Balkan region to the Russian Empire. The research material, consisting of various archives, press and memoirs of famous activists of the beginning of the XX century, allows the researcher to explore the reaction that Russian publicity had to current Balkan situation (from Bosnian crisis to the pre-world war crisis) through the prism of the geopolitical tasks of the Russian Empire in the region.