RUSSIA AS IT IS.

INTRODUCTION.

THE destinies of Europe, and of the ancient world, oscillate between liberty and absolutism: and Russiaat present turns the scale in favor of the partisans of the past, and against the apostles and worshippers of a political and social disenthralment. In this struggle Russia, on the one side, presses with all the might, possessed by an autocracy, leading the cardinal stem of a mighty and numerous race of the human family. Thus, in the general course of events, that are moving and shaking the world, Russia represents two historical elements: that of the arbitrary power and that of a race. As a race, the Russian people has its distinct characteristics, prevailing as well in its history as in its internal organism; characteristics unknown, misunderstood, or misrepresented. The following pages, it may be, will contribute to throw some light on questions filling out the foreground on the world-scene.

The country, the people, are both old and new. Old, because belonging, as a race, to the first historical peoplings of Europe; and new, because in its outward manifestation

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  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents xv
  • INTRODUCTION. 9
  • Chapter I - CZARISM--ITS HISTORICAL ORIGIN. 37
  • Chapter II - THE CZAR NICHOLAS. 44
  • Chapter III - THE ORGANIZATION OF THE GOVERNMENT. 69
  • Chapter IV - THE ARMY AND NAVY. 80
  • Chapter V - THE NOBILITY. 111
  • Chapter VI - THE CLERGY. 125
  • Chapter VII - THE BOURGEOISIE. 137
  • Chapter VIII - THE COSSACKS. 170
  • Chapter IX - THE REAL PEOPLE, THE PEASANTRY-SERFDOM. 180
  • Chapter X - THE RIGHTS OF ALIENS AND STRANGERS. 219
  • Chapter XI - THE COMMUNE. 226
  • Chapter XII - EMANCIPATION. 233
  • Chapter XIII - MANIFEST DESTINY 251
  • APPENDIX. 289
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