Russia as It Is

Russia as It Is
Russia as It Is
Excerpt from Russia as It Is: Its Court, Its Government, and Its PeopleThis little book is intended to meet the wants of a large class of readers. Though near to us in distance, Russia is so remote from our moral and intellectual horizon, that the generality of men in this country know probably much more about the antipodes than they do of these uncouth neighbours, and though many voluminous and able works have lately appeared on Russia, in England, and especially on the continent, their length and price place them often beyond the reach of the general reader. Nor was it likely, till the present storm in the East broke the serenity of our political atmosphere, that many of the inhabitants of this busy country could patiently sit down to pore over ponderous tomes, on a people whose literary, ?sthetical, and commercial produce has never exceeded, and seldom equalled, mediocrity. Now, however, the case is different, and though a heavy and lengthy book on Russia would be still out of place and time in this stirring epoch, a concise, clear, and comprehensive epitome of its most striking features, seems a legitimate demand that requires to be speedily satisfied. Hence it has been the attempt of the author to give a popular sketch of the most striking characteristics of that colossal empire. Hurry and brevity have necessarily led to omissions, and probably occasional inaccuracies, yet the author trusts that they are not serious, and that they will not militate materially against the value of the book. Many other little sketches of the same nature are before the public, but they generally differ from the present volume, by presenting the limited experience of individual authors, instead of a summary and comparison of all the best authorities on the subject, together with the inductions of the author drawn from them.The principal authorities in Russia have been carefully consulted, and the pages of this work are largely indebted to the disclosures of Baron Haxthausen, Kohl, the Marquis de Custine, Ivan Golovin, Leouzon le Duc, de Lagny, von Heller, &c. &c.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.