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Letter from Hermann Speck von Sternburg to Theodore Roosevelt

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The South African War has increased interest in mounted infantry in Europe and India, with some even advocating for a full army to be mounted. The gloomy news from South Africa is difficult, especially since many of the British admire the Boers. The British are seeking to get their candidate on the throne of Afghanistan but Russia is opposing them with its own influence. There are also tensions in the Persian Gulf as Britain seeks to protect its interests and Germany desires access to Kuwait Harbor as the terminus of the Anatolian railroad. There is a great deal of interest about President Roosevelt in India.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); International relations; Geopolitics; Great powers--Foreign relations; Afrikaners; War--Public opinion; Africa, Southern; Great Britain; India; Afghanistan; Russia; Germany; Persian Gulf; Kuwait

Date: 1901-10-09

Letter from Hermann Speck von Sternburg to Theodore Roosevelt

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Hermann Speck von Sternburg would like to serve in Washington, D.C., more than anywhere else, but his return depends on President Roosevelt. Sternburg reviews Russia's actions in Asia, including its preoccupation with Afghanistan and a blockade of Persian railways.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Diplomatic and consular service, German; International relations; Great powers--Foreign relations; Canals, Interoceanic; Germany; Washington (D.C.); Russia; India; Afghanistan; Iran

Date: 1901-11-08

Letter from Freiherr von Sternburg to Theodore Roosevelt

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Freiherr von Sternburg writes from Simla in British India. Under Viceroy Curzon, India has had a prosperous year. Sternburg finds Curzon to be extravagant, but he is also an effective leader and is making a great deal of progress in India. Afghanistan is calm under Amir Habibullah Khan but Russian and French ambitions in India remain suspect. Discussions of China and trade and commerce also receive mention in this letter. Sternburg believes that India could become a strong industrial power, as it has iron ore and coal reserves, but no means to transport it.  He discusses several different railroad projects in this very long letter, which also states his happiness that Ted Roosevelt's health is improving.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations; International trade; Railroads; Iron industry and trade; India--Simla; India; Great Britain; China; Russia; Afghanistan; Germany; France; China--Yangtze River; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Curzon of Kedleston, George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess, 1859-1925; Ḥabibullah Khān, Amir of Afghanistan, -1919

Date: 1902-04-18

Letter from Carl Abel

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To augment his previous letter, Carl Abel tells his "dear friend"  that Japan seems unwilling to accept the truce proposed by Russia in the newspaper article.  He goes on to speculate on the international relations consequences of the possible outcomes of the conflict.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905); International relations; Diplomatic negotiations in international disputes; Defeat (Psychology); Social reformers; Copyright--Newspaper articles; Naval strategy; Naval maneuvers; War (International law); China; Japan; Mongolia; Afghanistan; Russia; England; Europe; Germany--Wiesbaden; Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918

Date: 1904-09-25

Letter from Charles Oman to Theodore Roosevelt

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Charles Oman thanks President Roosevelt for recommending the writings of David-Leon Cahun, and discusses historical military strategies from the Mongols, the Islamic Empire in the 13th century, and horsebowman, in particular.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Mongols; Libraries; Turks; Strategy; Franks; Manuscripts, Persian; Horsemanship; Archers; Military historians; Scotland--Highlands; Russia (Federation)--Novgorod; Russia; Afghanistan; Iran; Middle East--Euphrates River Valley; Russia (Federation)--Volga River Valley; Egypt; Syria; Middle East--Jerusalem; Gaza Strip--Gaza; Islamic Empire; Christian Crusaders; Cahun, David-Léon, 1841-1900; Timur, 1336-1405

Date: 1905-08-22

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