Current Encyclopedia Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...railway system is completed it is likely to cost not less than 500 millions. In 1880 1,075,000 passengers used the Siberian railway and 646,9(18 tons of freight were forwarded by 11. The emigration from European Russia during the eighties amounted to but 10 to 20 thousand per year, but is steadily swelling since 1892. So far Siberia has been looked upon by the Russian government as a colony for criminals. The Influence of these on the aborigines was naturally of an undesirable kind. The Influx, however, of physically fresh and morally sound elements of population is bound to lift the civilization of Siberia to a considerable extent. Another imortant consequence of the TransSiberian railway will be the opening up of Siberia--this terra incognita--to scientific study and investigation, a work carried on so far under highly unfavorable conditions by a few political exiles. The Russian government, of course, had primarily in view strategical and political advantages to be derived from the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway system. The development of the local commerce and industries was with it a matter of secondary consideration. The government in this case, as in many others, built better than it knew. The traffic on the road turned out a great deal heavier than was anticipated, and it is considered at present necessary to replace the rails by heavier oiios on the entire line. The government, however, accomplished its purpose. The railway put it in position to dominate in Northern and Central Asia by sheer force of arms and secure a linn foothold on the Pacific Coast. The Trans-Siberian railway system will, however, acquire world-wide significance as a means of communication between the enlightened nations of the West and a population of...
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  • Paperback | 662 pages
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236649699
  • 9781236649690