No man is an island. It’s as true in diplomacy as it is in ordinary life. And sometimes decisions made far away can have a big impact on our lives.
Russia was one of the great powers of the 18th century and, while far-off, its decisions had an impact on the outcome of the American Revolution.
The first significant impact was at the beginning of the war, before the Declaration of Independence was even a twinkle in Thomas Jefferson’s eye.
“Dear Catherine of Russia. May I please have 20,000 troops to crush American freedom. Regards, George.”