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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected, all other inconsistencies are as in the original. Author's spelling has been maintained. Missing page numbers correspond to moved illustrations.]

[Illustration: Map]

THE STORY OF RUSSIA

BY

R. VAN BERGEN, M.A.

AUTHOR OF "THE STORY OF JAPAN," "THE STORY OF CHINA," ETC.

NEW YORK : CINCINNATI : CHICAGO AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

Copyright, 1905, By AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London

STORY OF RUSSIA

W. P. 2.

To

HENRY MATHER LOWMAN

AMICUS CERTUS RE INCERTA CERNITUR.

PREFACE.

Recent events have drawn the attention upon Russia, a country of which but little is known here, because the intercourse between it and the United States has been limited. In my frequent journeys to the Far East, I found it often difficult to comprehend events because, while I could not help perceiving that the impulse leading to them came from Russia, it was impossible to discover what prompted the government of the czar. I felt the necessity to study the history of Russia, and found it so fascinating, that I resolved to place it in a condensed form before the students in our schools. They must be the judges of how I have succeeded.

R. VAN BERGEN.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. The Realm of the Czar 13

II. Early Records of Russia 23

III. The Norsemen (or Varingians) in Russia 29

IV. Saint Vladimir and Iaroslaf the Great 41

V. A Russian Republic 49

VI. Troublous Times 57

VII. The Yellow Peril 63

VIII. Russia Under the Mongol Yoke 71

IX. Lithuania and Moscow 79

X. Decline of the Tartar Power. Dmitri Donskoï 87

XI. Ivan III, the Great 97

XII. Russia becomes an Autocracy 106

XIII. Ivan IV, the Terrible 111

XIV. Russia Under Ivan the Terrible 122

XV. Feodor, the Last of Rurik's Descendants 129

XVI. Michael Feodorovitch (Son of Theodore) the First Romanof 137

XVII. Early Years of Peter the Great (Peter Alexievitch) 145

XVIII. Peter the Great and His Reign 153

XIX. Peter the Great and His Time 162

XX. The Successors of Peter the Great 173

XXI. Russia Under Catherine II (the Great) 183

XXII. Russia During the Wars of Napoleon 194

XXIII. An Eventful Period 208

XXIV. Alexander II, the Liberator 219

XXV. Great Events During Alexander's Reign Nihilism 229

XXVI. Alexander III, the Peasants' Friend 241

XXVII. Russia Methods: The War with Japan 251

XXVIII. The Origin and Growth of The Asiatic Empire 259

XXIX. Russian Methods. The War with Japan 267

XXX. Russia Loses her Prestige 277

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