Russia and the Great War
T. Fisher Unwin, 1915 - 357 páginas
This is a very in depth account of what the Russian government believed was going on during the decade just before the war and the war as it progressed in the first two years. Key events such as the Russo-Japanese war is highlighted as well as the French and English alliance they found themselves in. With a more "western" identity moving in to the First World War, Russia believed that they were completely ready for the chance to splash back into the elite sector of Europe by becoming victors in this war. Written before the Bolshevik Revolution, this is a great look into pre-soviet Russia.
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Página 136 - We Alexander the First by the Grace of God Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias, &c.
Página 43 - French and Russian, they matter not, A blow for a blow and a shot for a shot; We love them not, we hate them not, We hold the...
Página 157 - Under this sceptre Poland will be born again, free in her religion and her language. Russian autonomy only expects from you the same respect for the rights of those nationalities to which history has bound you. " With open heart and brotherly hand Great Russia advances to meet you. She believes that the sword, with which she struck down her enemies at Gruenwald, is not yet rusted.
Página 230 - Yes, we hope for the defeat of Russia because it will facilitate the internal victory of Russia...
Página 157 - POLES, — the hour has sounded when the sacred dream of your fathers and grandfathers may be realized. A century and a half has passed since the living body of Poland was torn in pieces, but the soul of the country is not dead. It continues to live, inspired by the hope that there will come for the Polish people an hour of resurrection and of fraternal reconciliation with Great Russia. The Russian Army brings you the solemn news of...
Página 352 - ... the truth of this, it can be done by the same method which showed us that Russia, if her race or religion could sometimes make her an invader and an oppressor, could also be made an emancipator and a knight errant. In the same way, if the Russian institutions are oldfashioned, they honestly exhibit the good as well as the bad that can be found in oldfashioned things. In their police system they have an inequality which is against our ideas of law. But in their commune system they have an equality...
Página 157 - A century and a half has passed since the living body of Poland was torn in pieces, but the soul of the country is not dead. It continues to live, inspired by the hope that there will come for the Polish people an hour of resurrection, and of fraternal reconciliation with Great Russia. The Russian Army brings you the solemn news of this reconciliation which obliterates the frontiers dividing the Polish peoples, which it unites conjointly under the sceptre of the Russian Czar.
Página 230 - In these circumstances there can be no doubt that, from the point of view of the civil population, the occupying Power was lawfully wielding the State authority and, with it, the authority of the criminal law.
Página 130 - Only a war, for which the best minds of the army were thirsting, . . . could cure the fundamental ills of the two halves of the Austrian Empire, and of the monarchy. Only the refusal and not the acceptance of the claims put forward in the note could have profited Vienna. " The question has been asked : Where was the plan of campaign elaborated — in Vienna or Berlin!