The Fall of the Crimea

The Fall of the Crimea

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...people and the inhabitants of the Caucasus. But the most galling of all the instructions was a peremptory order to be guided for the future in all his operations by the minister of war. This was the first time the empress had remonstrated with her favourite through the medium of her ministers, a circumstance which would have damped the ardour of most men, however energetic, particularly a man like Potemkin, who had been so long the spoiled child of fortune: but we have already said that no danger could force him to abandon, no difiiculties deter him from continuing any undertaking he had once commenced. In defiance of the imperial mandate, or the sacred rights of treaties, he still kept forcible possession of the Tatar forts on the Cimmerian Bosphorus. He was not the man to relinquish his long-cherished dreams of oriental empire, the expulsion of the descendants of Othman, and the hope of founding a Potemkin dynasty. In order to achieve this, the Crimea must fall, for it might be truly called the gate to eastern conquest; consequently, the fate of the gallant Khan of the Crimea was sealed. In truth, this may be considered the mainspring of Potemkiifs actions; for this he left the pleasures of St. Petersburg, giving his enemies the opportunity to his character, and undermine his influence with the empress; for this he submitted to a sort of exile, and received, as his intimate associates, men, whom it is no exaggeration to term the refuse of their species, unprincipled spies and mercenary adventurers. About this time an unexpected event occurred, which showed that he still continued to be especially favoured by fortune--an event which, perhaps, more than any other that could have happened, was likely to further his ambitious designs. An...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236573498
  • 9781236573490