The Empire of the Tsars and the Russians

By Anatole L. Leroy-Beaulieu; Zaenaefde A. Ragozin | Go to book overview

BOOK IV. CHAPTER II.

The First Russia and Europe--Traits of Kinship--Similarities and Dissimilarities--The Varangians--Christianity and Byzantine Training--The Principalities and Frequent Shiftings of the National Centre--The Great Unhingement of Russian History.

EUROPEAN civilization grew upon a triple foundation: the Christian element, the Græco-Roman or classical element, the Teutonic or barbaric element.* All the Western states were erected, so to speak, with identical materials, in the same style, on a more or less similar plan. The three great bases on which reposes the culture of the West, are they found in the foundations of Russia? If we dig deep enough, we do come upon them, but they have neither the same proportions nor the same importance as in the other countries.

The ancients knew of Russia only the shores of the Euxine. The Greeks dropped colonies only on those shores; the Romans scarcely held a nominal sway over them. With the former those wide plains passed for the home of the Cimmerians' eternal night; to the latter the regions north of the Danube and the Black Sea were a sort of Siberia, whither they sent state criminals. Russia was too compact, too continental for antique civilization, which, wending its way along shorelands, could gain a hold only on essentially maritime countries. Germany already had proved too solid a mass and too severe a clime for it; Russia was just touched by it along her southern beaches. The Greeks had had some preco-

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It should be mentioned that the following pages were mostly written before Mr. Alfr. Rambaud's admirable History of Russia came out. See Revue des Deux Mondes, January 15, 1874.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • A Word from the Translator. iii
  • Author's Preface. Written Expressly for the American Edition. vii
  • Contents xiii
  • List of Maps xxi
  • Part I. the Country and Its Inhabitants xxiii
  • Book I. Nature, Climate, and Soil. 1
  • Book I. Chapter Ii. 15
  • Book I. Chapter Iii. 35
  • Book Ii. Races and Nationality. 54
  • Book Ii. Chapter Ii. 63
  • Book Ii. Chapter Iii. 77
  • Book Ii. Chapter Iv. 95
  • Book Ii. Chapter V. 122
  • Book III. the National Temperament and Character. 138
  • Book Iii. Chapter Ii. 161
  • Book Iii. Chapter Iii. 179
  • Book Iii. Chapter Iv. 195
  • Book Iv. History and the Elements of Civilization. 223
  • Book Iv. Chapter Ii. 241
  • Book Iv. Chapter Iii. 256
  • Book Iv. Chapter Iv. 282
  • Book V. the Social Hierarchy: the Towns and Urban Classes. 305
  • Book V. Chapter Ii. 322
  • Book V. Chapter Iii. 334
  • Book Vi. Nobility and Tchin. 346
  • Book Vi. Chapter Ii. 362
  • Book Vi. Chapter Iii. 381
  • Book Vi. Chapter Iv. 390
  • Book VII the Peasant and the Emancipation. 403
  • Book Vii. Chapter Ii. 422
  • Book Vii. Chapter Iii. 436
  • Book VII Chapter Iv. 450
  • Book VIII. Mir, Family, and Village Communities. 474
  • Book Viii. Chapter Ii. 486
  • Book Viii. Chapter Iii. 505
  • Book Viii. Chapter Iv. 521
  • Book Viii. Chapter V. 534
  • Book Viii. Chapter Vl. 548
  • Book Viii. Chapter Vii. 563
  • Index 581
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