England's Honour, 3 Letters, by 'Blue Pamphlet'. with an Appendix Containing Treaties and Official Correspondence on the Eastern Question

England's Honour, 3 Letters, by 'Blue Pamphlet'. with an Appendix Containing Treaties and Official Correspondence on the Eastern Question

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...by the occasion to walk into Rome, he certainly cannot reasonably object to Alexander trying to cut in for some trifling consideration for not calling attention to this disturbance of the balance of power; nor, for the matter of that, can the other Powers, who looked on and said or did nothing, do so either. The opportunity is not fully favourable to Russia's present move, because her southern lines of rails are yet a year off completion; the contract for the armour-plating of Kronstadt--which, for aught I know to the contrary, may be in the hands of an Englishman--has got, I think, two years to run; the arming of her soldiers with breech-loaders is not yet finished; and the H bulk of her field ordnance is still behind the age: in short, she is not quite prepared. A better opportunity possibly would have been after the battle of Sadowa, when Austria was hors de combat, even though France was then dangerous, and Russia was less prepared than she is now; but no doubt the situation, with due reference to the theory of probabilities, was then very carefully weighed and considered by the Czar's Government. I have great faith in Russian wisdom, viewed from the self-interest stand-point; and I am not at all inclined to favour that stupidity which is always stigmatizing her as faithless and treacherous. In the struggle for influence and power which has before, is now, and_ever will be taking place in Europe, she, like other nations, has her role to play; and apart from some little hastiness and precipitancy in her action, the statecraft which she usually shows in her foreign policy commands my respect, while the steadiness with which she pursues the even tenor of her politique is, in my opinion, worthy of the highest admiration. Close upon fifteen years...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543548
  • 9781236543547