A History Of Russia, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint).pdf
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Publisher: Forgotten Books (13 Jun. 2016)
By: V. O. Kluchevsky (Author)
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In the last volume we stopped at the fourth period of Russian history - the last period, and the only one accessible to study throughout the whole of its length. By the fourth period I mean the epoch extending from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the beginning of the reign of the Emperor Alexander II. (to be precise, from the year 1613 to the year 1855). As its actual starting point we may take the year of the accession of the first Tsar of the new dynasty, while the Period of Troubles figures merely as a transitional interval between two adjoining epochs with the former of which it was connected by its causes, and with the latter by its effects.
The fourth period has for us a special interest, in that it is not merely an historical space of time, but a whole chain of epochs through which there runs a series of important factors constituting the secret basis of our life of to-day - a basis which, though variable, never changes. I repeat that the fourth period is more than one of the epochs of our history: it is the whole of our modern history. In the ideas and relations formed during those two centuries and a half we can detect the first germs of ideas which coincide with our own: we can observe, in due order, the institutions which constituted the first social impressions of the men of my own generation.
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