Memorials; V. 1-2. Personal and Political, 1865-1895 Volume 2

Memorials; V. 1-2. Personal and Political, 1865-1895 Volume 2

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Europe; and the mass of whose people were centuries behind, with the faults, and not without the virtues, of an imperfect stage of civilisation; a power overweighted by an enormous territory, yet under continual inducements, from frontier difficulties and sympathies of race or religion, to enlarge it; a power which, in the sure progress of time, must undergo developments of a nature as yet uncertain; but doing more, even now, than any other agency to ameliorate the condition of the Oriental races with which it was in contact. It seemed to me to be the best course for the Western nations to maintain, as far as they could, relations of goodwill towards such a Power; whose ambition of conquest was not likely without strong provocation to be directed against themselves, nor (if it were so) to be really formidable to them. Such relations would be more influential than any hostile attitude in preserving the general security and peace of Europe. Whenever the time for a large development of material resources and political institutions might come to the Russian Empire, its unity would probably be broken up. In the meantime, the conditions, risks, and penalties of war were not the same to Russia as to most other nations. She was vulnerable at her extremities only; and, of the seas by which these were accessible, two were closed naturally during the whole or great part of the year, and the third politically, unless Turkey should be a party to the war. The experience of 1812 showed that the climate of Russia, and the resolution and hardihood of her people, made any attempt to penetrate far into her interior, and there inflict wounds of which the effects might be permanent, difficult and dangerous, even to an invader already master of nearly all Europe. more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665062X
  • 9781236650627