Russian Political Institutions: The Growth and Development of These Institutions from the Beginnings of Russian History to the Present Time

Russian Political Institutions: The Growth and Development of These Institutions from the Beginnings of Russian History to the Present Time

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Russian Political Institutions: The Growth and Development of These Institutions from the Beginnings of Russian History to the Present Time

Russian Political Institutions: The Growth and Development of These Institutions from the Beginnings of Russian History to the Present Time

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Some time ago, meeting occasionally with Professor Bryce, author of "The American Commonwealth," I heard him say he was astonished not to see the appearance of a book on the history and present state of political institutions in Russia. Of course Englishmen have the excellent work of Mackenzie Wallace, rich in personal information collected by that author during a long stay in Russia; and the French, the profound and pleasantly written treatise of A. Leroy-Beaulieu, "The Empire of the Czars." But neither of these authors has seen fit to call the attention of the public to the special question of the evolution of the Russian political régime. I was obliged, therefore, to share in Professor Bryce's astonishment, and even to take his remark as an indirect hint for me to supply the lack in sources of information for Europeans on this subject, by a short sketch of Russia's institutional development.

There are, of course, in the Russian language several excellent treatises written to serve this purpose, but even the best of them -- the works of Professor Gradovsky and of Professor Korkounov -- are quite too voluminous to be translated into a foreign tongue, and if they were translated, too technical to be well understood by the general reader. Furthermore, these books fail to cover the whole field of investigation into the origin of Russian institutions. And though Russian legal historians have treated this last subject at length in many valuable and suggestive monographs, these are too highly specialized for the foreign reader. Preceded by the authors of general histories treating of the past of Russia, such as Soloviev, Kostomarov, Ilovaisky . . .

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