An Interpretation of the Russian People

An Interpretation of the Russian People

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An Interpretation of the Russian People

An Interpretation of the Russian People

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Russian literature has for some time concerned itself with the discovery of the philosophical tendencies in the national life, but in the English language no such comprehensive work exists. The author of the present work does not pretend to give a complete account of the separate activities discussed in it, but confines himself to the ascertainment of those spiritual principles which alone can help the reader to comprehend and properly weigh the curious and frequently unique phenomena in the social and artistic life of Russia. The author has drawn his information not only from his own intimate acquaintance with the country of his birth and education, but also from the great store of special monographs accessible to the Russian scholar. He has attempted, without bias or rancor, to present all the sides of the national existence and to moderate the Russian spirit of self-abasement in the light of Anglo-Saxon objectivity and fairness.

A few words about the spelling of Russian names adopted in the following pages. It is the same as that employed in the author's translation of the works of Tolstoy, and is based on the precise . . .

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