Historical Sketches and Reviews; First Series. Reprinted from the "St. James's Medley."

Historical Sketches and Reviews; First Series. Reprinted from the "St. James's Medley."

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...all the mandates of their sovereign, but that they were still "unconverted." " What!" indignantly cried the colonel; "have you not been to church? have you not performed the rite, and taken the sacrament according to the doctrines of the Greek church?" " We have," replied the peasants; " but your bayonets drove us to the altar, and your priests forced down our throats the sacred mass, without our consent." The colonel, who saw that he should gain nothing by argument, only ordered the so-called converted to kneel, and kiss the hand of the representative of the Czar, the senator who had been sent to arrange these matters, and at once to acknowledge the adoption of that faith which the Czar had commanded them to embrace. These persons were duly returned as converted, " per order." The last chapter of this remarkable book is merely a review of the reforms which Dolgoroukow has discussed in detail, together with a further protest against the evil doings of the bureaucracy. His dream for Russian prosperity is a constitutional government, with two chambers, as in England. The lower chamber to be reelected every four years; all persons of twenty-five years of age being eligible to vote. All members to be not less than twenty-five years of age in the lower, and forty in the upper chamber; and that after eight years of experience these. chambers might deliberate on the laws with some degree of efliciency and success. He desires that the serf should be liberated with land, should pay five roubles per annum, in order to defray the interest of the debt made by the government in purchasing their freedom, and that the clergy should be allowed to have their synods as heretofore, to legislate...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528743
  • 9781236528742