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Russia   By: (1841-1919)

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Russia by Donald Mackenzie Wallace is a captivating exploration of one of the largest and most enigmatic countries in the world. Wallace, a British journalist and travel writer, presents a comprehensive and insightful account of his travels across Russia during the late 19th century.

The book delves into various aspects of Russian society, from its political landscape to its cultural traditions. Wallace provides an in-depth examination of the Russian mentality and its impact on the country's socio-political development. He meticulously describes the stark class divisions and extreme poverty that plagued the majority of the population, while also highlighting the opulent lifestyle of the ruling elite.

Through his vivid descriptions of the diverse Russian landscapes, Wallace immerses readers in the vastness of the country. From the grandeur of the European cities to the desolate Siberian wilderness, each setting comes alive through his engaging prose. His encounters with different social classes offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of ordinary Russians, showcasing their resilience and determination amidst challenging circumstances.

What sets this book apart is Wallace's ability to provide historical context to the events he witnesses. He offers valuable insights into Russia's tumultuous history, including the reign of the tsars, the abolition of serfdom, and the rise of revolutionary movements. These historical perspectives add depth to the narrative, enabling readers to better comprehend the forces shaping Russia at that time.

Furthermore, Wallace exhibits a keen eye for detail, meticulously documenting customs and traditions of the Russian people. His observations of the Orthodox Church, the Russian aristocracy, and the peasantry provide a nuanced understanding of the complexities of Russian society. He also reflects on the themes of faith, superstition, and fatalism, which permeate various aspects of Russian culture.

Despite the book's undeniable merits, some readers may find its extensive length and occasional digressions challenging. Wallace's prose, while eloquent and descriptive, can sometimes be overly verbose, slowing down the narrative's pace. However, for those with a particular interest in Russian history or an appetite for immersive travel literature, these aspects may not pose significant obstacles.

In conclusion, Russia by Donald Mackenzie Wallace is a remarkable piece of travel writing that offers a multi-faceted portrait of a complex country. Through meticulous research and firsthand observations, Wallace provides valuable historical insights, exposes societal disparities, and captures the essence of the Russian people. Engaging and thought-provoking, this book serves as an enduring testament to the enduring allure and mystique of Russia.

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by Donald Mackenzie Wallace

Copyright 1905





Railways State Interference River Communications Russian "Grand Tour" The Volga Kazan Zhigulinskiya Gori Finns and Tartars The Don Difficulties of Navigation Discomforts Rats Hotels and Their Peculiar Customs Roads Hibernian Phraseology Explained Bridges Posting A Tarantass Requisites for Travelling Travelling in Winter Frostbitten Disagreeable Episodes Scene at a Post Station.



Bird's eye View of Russia The Northern Forests Purpose of my Journey Negotiations The Road A Village A Peasant's House Vapour Baths Curious Custom Arrival.



Ivanofka History of the Place The Steward of the Estate Slav and Teutonic Natures A German's View of the Emancipation Justices of the Peace New School of Morals The Russian Language Linguistic Talent of the Russians My Teacher A Big Dose of Current History.



Priests' Names Clerical Marriages The White and the Black Clergy Why the People do not Respect the Parish Priests History of the White Clergy The Parish Priest and the Protestant Pastor In What Sense the Russian People are Religious Icons The Clergy and Popular Education Ecclesiastical Reform Premonitory Symptoms of Change Two Typical Specimens of the Parochial Clergy of the Present Day... Continue reading book >>

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