Slav Or Saxon; A Study Of The Growth And Tendencies Of Russian Civilization

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byWilliam Dudley Foulke

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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.1887 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA. No one should open a history of Russia with the hope that he will get from it that gratification which most of the fields of modern history afford. There is less to attract our sympathy, less to inspire our enthusiasm, less fellowfeeling excited than in the struggle of the barons against John, of the Puritans against Charles, of the free cities of Italy against the imperialism of Germany, of the Dutch Republic against the bigotry of Philip. Somehow events seem to take the wrong track. As civilization grows, it appears only as a new bulwark of imperial power. As knowledge enters, it strengthens only the hand of the master and teaches him how to weave the more securely the toils which bind the slave. The development of agriculture fastens the serf to the soil; the opening of the mines adds new terrors to penal servitude; the conquest of the boundless steppes of Siberia provides a new place for horrible punishments to be inflicted upon the subject who offends. The growth of Russia has been the growth of all that we detest. The great sovereigns of Russia have been greatest in crime and outrage. We learn in these pages that human progress is not universal, that the eddies which turn back are strong and deep. We read of the overthrow of liberal institutions, the subjection of free cities, the annihilation of enlightened communities, for the sole reason that these became inconvenient or dangerous to arbitrary power. The chivalry, culture, and magnanimity which elsewhere so often throw a glamour over tyranny itself, and half reconcile us to its injustices, even they are absent from these gloomy pages. The naked form of force stands to-day, as of old, amid the gloomy rocks of Caucasus, and rivets the same iron through the Promethe...

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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.1887 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA. No one should open a history of Russia with the hope that he will get from it that gratifica...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217048196

ISBN - 13:9780217048194

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