Sazonov, Sergei Dmitreyevich

Sazonov, Sergei Dmitreyevich

(sĭrgā` dəmē`trēəvĭch səzô`nəf), 1861–1927, Russian statesman. As minister of foreign affairs (1910–16) he played a leading role in the crisis that led to World War IWorld War I,
1914–18, also known as the Great War, conflict, chiefly in Europe, among most of the great Western powers. It was the largest war the world had yet seen.
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. Sazonov and Russian military leaders urged the czar to order (July 30, 1914) a general rather than a partial mobilization of Russian armed forces. In response to the Russian move, the Austro-Hungarian emperor ordered immediate mobilization; war broke out several days later. After the Bolshevik Revolution (Nov., 1917, N.S.), Sazonov represented the anti-Bolshevik groups in Paris.

Bibliography

See his memoirs, Fateful Years (tr. 1928, repr. 1971).

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