CHAPTER IV.
THE ARMY AND NAVY.

THE present unparalleled influence of the Czars on the internal questions of nearly every European nation, and their haughty bearing with immediate neighbors, like Austria, Prussia, Sweden, and Turkey, as well as with other more distant states, like Spain, England and France, result partly from a position, which geographically and strategically is nearly inexpugnable, and partly from the maintenance of a numerous well-drilled and well-equipped army. There are only two sides of Russia's immeasurable borders which she needs seriously to defend. These are the western, through its whole length, and partly the southern, from the Dniester to the Caucasus. Along these two sides is raised, so to say, a wall of bayonets, guns and pikes, and these moving machines can be precipitated, by the nod of a single will, in a certain direction, or as far as humanly possible, concentrated on any special point. If attacked, only the extremities of Russia, and above all, the unhappy kingdom of Poland, will be ravaged and destroyed. There she will have to defend herself. Finland is easy to be defended, especially as there is no probability of an attack by Sweden; and Finland being maintained in all her ancient laws and privileges, and not incorporated

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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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