The New York Times Current History; The European War Volume 6

The New York Times Current History; The European War Volume 6

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...threaten you, you should now force the struggle upon them. Whoever indicated such a conclusion did not speak for Germany's brain." A separate peace between Germany and Russia? For months I have been warning my readers against such irrational fabrications. That the pious single-mindedness of the peasants would never forgive even the Czar, the head of the church, the father, for breaking a covenant, that he would lose his divine attributes and become almost brutish in their eyes, if he tried to slip out of the ironclad agreement which he has signed, is known to every one who is acquainted with the Russian's soul. If Nicholas Alexandrovitch should abandon his comrades of the September treaty to conclude a peace unfavorable to the empire, the mujiks would rise against him and he would have revolution in the empire, and not, as ten years ago, mere city riots. He would not be able to find support in the army and he might as well pack the trunks of his child of trouble, Alexis, too. He doesn't need any Rasputin to tell him that. Would you rather, in a time of crisis, deal with the oppressor alone, or in company with powerful partners? Neither can you expect that an autocrat of all the Russias, whose army is defeated and whose border provinces are under foreign rule, for fear that the stock of his empire may go still lower, will sit down alone with the enemy at the council table where he might have England, France, and Japan as neighbors. Even a weakling heeds the call of honor when there is advantage in doing so. I have never believed in the possibility of individual treaties of peace. That such a thing is more unlikely to happen with Russia than with any of the other great powers is plain to a politician. To the ash heap at last with the dead...
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  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 653g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236559010
  • 9781236559012