Sketches of the Progress of Civilisation and Public Liberty

Sketches of the Progress of Civilisation and Public Liberty

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...by the Muscovites deposing Zuisky and. offering the crown to Vladislaus, Prince of Poland, which caused some delay on the part of the Poles; and by Demetrius having been strangled by his own Tartar guards, who immediately attacked the Polish garrison of 7000 men in the city of Moscow. The Poles defended themselves with great bravery, and when compelled to abandon Moscow, set the city on fire, which consumed about 180,000 houses and buildings. Many of the inhabitants perishing in the flames. The Polish soldiers fought their way back to Poland; and the in-esolution of the Polish king, Sigismund, occasioned the loss of Muscovy to the Poles. After these disasters, the succession to the Czarship was established in the person of Michael Fedorowitz, son of the Greek Patriarch, who had married a daughter of the Czar John Basilowitz. Between 1653 and 1658 Alexis, the son of Michael, conquered Smolensko and Keovia, devastated Lithuania, took Dorpt and other places in Livonia. Sweden, however, compelled him to relinquish his conquests in Livonia. Previously to the accession of Peter the Great in 1696, the Cossacks of the Ukraine acknowledged the sovereignty of Russia. This extraordinary man, although certainly in manners and in the violence of his passions, a semi-barbarian, gave Russia a navy, arsenals, seaports on the Baltic; conquered the Baltic provinces of Livonia and Esthonia, Ingermanland, and Carelia; and introduced arts, sciences, literature, and civilisation into his new but most inconveniently situated capital. In many respects there is a striking resemblance in the bold efforts made by Mehemet Ali in Egypt, to those attempted with absolute energy by Peter in Russia. Peter's ruling ambition was to make Russia a formidable naval power; an ambition...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236539974
  • 9781236539977