Poland and Finland

Poland and Finland

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... to election abuses is more important than any of those which have been named, inasmuch as its redress would have gone far to set the others right. Moreover in these matters there seems less to be said in defence of the Poles. Throughout the whole period of autonomy from 1868 up to 1907, the assembling of each new Diet and Reichsrat brought a fresh outburst of complaints from the small group of Ruthenian delegates, of under-representation and tyrannical treatment of voters. To cite one instance, in the Diet of 1898 the Ruthenes asked for an increase of their mandates, the proportion at that date being one deputy to every 183,000 of them, to one for every 74,000 Poles. The Poles refused. Malpractices at the election of Government candidates were described by the Ruthenes, who said that many voters had been prevented by the police from going to the poll. The Polish party defended itself against these accusations by saying that the Ruthenes and radicals stirred up strife and began the bloodshed at elections, and that when the police tried to restore order they were said to be forcibly restraining the voters. The effect produced in Austria by the Russian revolution of 1905 forced the Government to introduce universal suffrage throughout the Monarchy. The Polish Conservative Party opposed the measure for many reasons, one of which was undoubtedly fear of the Ruthenian democracy as well as of their own. The growth of the Polish Peasant Party is described separately below. The Ruthenian hopes of at last getting equality of representation were frustrated. The Poles used their power in the Reichsrat to introduce a system of voting by districts which applied only to Eastern Galicia, and was ingeniously managed so as to give preponderance to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236799852
  • 9781236799852