Modern Russian History: Being an Authoritative and Detailed History of Russia from the Age of Catherine the Great to the Present - Vol. 2

Modern Russian History: Being an Authoritative and Detailed History of Russia from the Age of Catherine the Great to the Present - Vol. 2

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Modern Russian History: Being an Authoritative and Detailed History of Russia from the Age of Catherine the Great to the Present - Vol. 2

Modern Russian History: Being an Authoritative and Detailed History of Russia from the Age of Catherine the Great to the Present - Vol. 2

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In my preface to the first part of my "History of Russia in the Nineteenth Century" I announced that the third part would contain the internal history of Russia for the last thirty years. But the abundance of material which I have come upon in the course of my taking up that period has forced me to change my mind. The decisive turn in the national outlook that has taken place after the famine of 1891-92, and also a series of new factors and circumstances in the economic and social life of the country which had been crystallised at that time and had in their turn conditioned new tendencies and aspirations in our national policy and in the governmental activity (e.g., the construction of the Siberian railroad and the Far-Eastern policy),-- these facts form a sufficient basis for the treatment of the last eight years of the nineteenth century together with the first years of the twentieth century as a separate period serving as a direct prelude to the great events that were displayed before our very eyes in 1904-1906.

Whether this period will form the contents of a fourth part of my work, I cannot state definitely at present. But, at any rate, the construction of such a fourth part appears to me as a logical possibility.

This third part of the history expounds the reactionary period of our internal modern history, which began in 1866 and continued till the famine of 1891-92, with a brief, bright intermission in 1880-81. No systematic investigations of that epoch have been made thus far, and for this reason the composition of this part has been for me a far more difficult and responsible task than that of the first two parts.

Petrograd, 1914. A. KORNILOV.

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