Living Age Volume 230

Living Age Volume 230

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: least one indispensable means of progress that is certain and immediate in its effect. What this alone will enable Russia to do, is to carry out a vast system of redistributing her popuia. tion. General Kireefi estimated a few years ago that there was room within her existing limits for three times the number of her present agricultural population. A great department like the Irish Congested Districts Board would not spend its energies at the outset in devising means for restoring the fertility of the exhausted land, but would transport the population of the famine districts to the virgin soil of Siberia at the rate of half a million a year. This is the process upon which Russia must place her safest and her greatest expectations. When her railways give strategical mobility and social prosperity to an almost inconceivably vast population, the empire of the Tzars will have more than recovered its relative power in Europe. The number of her inhabitants is increasing by the extraordinary figure of nearly two millions annually, That is to say that in twenty yearsat the present rate, which will continue longer than the prolific impulse of any other race--Russia could produce an extra population equal to the whole present numbers of the United Kingdom. In fifty years the mere surplus of the Slav race would be equal to the present united strength of the whole Anglo-Saxon race. But this is not all. It is absolutely the minimum of the expectation. Germany, for instance, owes her accelerating ratio of increase not to a rising birth-rate, for that is falling, but to a rapidly reduced mortality. Since 1870-1880 the German birth-rate has fallen from 41.23 to 37.42 per thousand. The death-rate has been reduced more rapidly from 28.52 to more

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  • Paperback | 474 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 839g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236814096
  • 9781236814098