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Excerpt from The First Romanovs, (1613-1725): A History of Moscovite Civilisation and the Rise of Modern Russia Under Peter the Great and His ForerunnersIt will be my endeavour, in the following pages, to describe the social, ecclesiastical, andMoreExcerpt from The First Romanovs, (1613-1725): A History of Moscovite Civilisation and the Rise of Modern Russia Under Peter the Great and His ForerunnersIt will be my endeavour, in the following pages, to describe the social, ecclesiastical, and political conditions of Eastern Europe from 1613 to 1725, and trace the gradual transformation, during the seventeenth century, of the semi-monastic, semi-barbarous Tsardom of Moscovy into the modern Russian State. The emergence of the unlooked-for and unwelcome Empire of the Tsars in the Old World was an event not inferior in importance to the discovery of the unsuspected Continents of the New, and the manner of its advent was even stranger than the advent itself. Like all periods of sudden transition, the century which divides the age of Ivan the Great from the age of Peter the Great has its own peculiar interest, abounding, as it does, in singular contradictions and picturesque contrasts. Throughout this period, East and West, savagery and civilisation strive incessantly for the mastery, and sinister and colossal shapes fit representatives of wildly contending, elemental forces, flit phantasmagorically across the dirty ways of the twilight scene.And, if it is one of the most interesting, this seventeenth century in Moscovy is also one of the most important periods of modem European history, for, explored with intelligence and patience, it can be made to yield up the deep-lying explanations of many things that trouble or bewilder us in the Tsars domains to-day, e.g., the backwardness of the people, the veneration for the Throne, the venality and inefficiency of the public service, the vices and the failures, the ambitions and the exploits, of Holy Russia.Finally, the subject possesses the rare and crowning merit of almost absolute novelty.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.