A Short History of Russia by Henry William LittleA Short History of Russia by Henry William Little

A Short History of Russia

byHenry William Little

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. CATHERINE II.--PAUL.--ALEXANDER I. THE reign of Catherine II. is one of the most extraordinary on record. She was a woman of marvellous force of character, clever, designing, with unbounded aspirations, and as unprincipled as she was talented. Her infamously-libidinous nature, allied to brilliant gifts of polity and government, have marked her out as one of the most prominent and familiar figures of European history. Such were the energy and resolution with which she conducted the affairs of her empire, that she was able to inaugurate by her 'personal influence alone that restless and insatiable policy of inordinate aggression which has, ever since her time, been a marked feature of Russian diplomacy, as well as a disturbing element at all times in Eastern politics, Catherine entered upon terrible and devastating wars, in which thousands of lives were sacrificed with joyous avidity. She loved to hear the crash of military music, and to be surrounded by uniforms and the grim implements of conflict. She soon found an excuse to attack the Turks, whom she regarded with implacable animosity. Time after time she engaged the Ottoman forces, with her own welldrilled armies, and always with success. Her victorious hosts traversed the rich provinces of Moldavia and Wallachia, and drained them completely of their resources, leaving them impoverished and bare even of the necessaries of life. The navy of Kussia, under the fostering care of the Czarina, assumed formidable proportions, and the black eagle at the masthead of her ships of war cleared the waters of the Baltic of hostile fleets, and proclaimed its prowess in a most signal manner by the total destruction of the Turkish fleet in its own waters. Terrible atrocities attended the operations of Cather...
Title:A Short History of RussiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217310486

ISBN - 13:9780217310482