The Library of Historic Characters and Famous Events of All Nations and All Ages Volume . 2

The Library of Historic Characters and Famous Events of All Nations and All Ages Volume . 2

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...the Dniester. In the war with Sweden, the Empress gave the command of a vessel to Paul Jones, who had distinguished himself by his intrepidity in the American war. Subsequently he was ordered to the Black Sea, and greatly distinguished himself at the battle of Liman. and was rewarded for it with the ribbon of St. Anne. This war was concluded by the peace of Warela in 1790. Meantime the Poles, taking advantage of the war, had shaken off the influence of Russia, and abrogated the articles of the Diet of 1775, which had been dictated by Catherine. In 1791, they formed a new Constitution, making the crown hereditary, giving greater privileges to the royal towns, and favoring, in some degree, the emancipation of the serfs. But this Constitution was far from being acceptable to all the nobles; many protested against it, and so did Catherine of Russia, as guarantor of the former Constitution. Prussia joined Catherine, and the result was a second partition of Poland in 1793, by which Russia acquired the whole of Lithuania, Volhynia and Podolia, and the King of Prussia obtained Posen, Gnesen, and the towns of Dantzic and Thorn. In 1794 an insurrection broke out at Warsaw, the Russian garrison was almost entirely destroyed, and the gallant Kosciusko placed himself at the head of the Poles, who fought with the courage of despair. After being successful at first, he was defeated, wounded and taken prisoner. Suwarrow stormed Praga, the principal suburb of Warsaw, with a dreadful slaughter of the inhabitants. Warsaw surrendered, the King abdicated, and the third and last partition of Poland took place in 1795. Austria had Galicia, Prussia took Warsaw, and Russia the rest. Poland thus became extinct as a state. Catherine II. finally annexed Courland...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236875850
  • 9781236875853