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Russia as it Really is Carl Joubert

Russia as it Really is

Carl Joubert

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This volume was published in 1904.A short summary from the books Preface:It is my object, in the following pages, to give atrue and faithful account of the present state of theRussian Empire. That many books have been pub-lished on the subjectMoreThis volume was published in 1904.A short summary from the books Preface:It is my object, in the following pages, to give atrue and faithful account of the present state of theRussian Empire. That many books have been pub-lished on the subject within the last few years Iam aware. Volume after volume describing socialand even political life in Russia has made itsappearance- but all are written from the point ofview either of the traveller, or of the alien politicianwho seeks to demonstrate the effects of Russianexpansion on the policy of his own particularcountry. Some have been written with but scantyknowledge and restricted powers of observation,others are dependent on official information for thefacts (?) which they set forth.Not long ago I was honoured with the presenta-tion of two books on Russia by the author of them.I took time to read them, and then I laid themaside, and pondered how those books could havebeen written, published and sold to the public.They purported to describe Russia — it might almostas well have been Timbuctoo. And they were notnovels at that, but works dealing with the politicaland social life of Russia. I presume that the authorof them derived his knowledge of the country froma short residence among the Russian element inWhitechapel, and from the works of contemporarywriters- and armed with so great authorities con-sidered himself competent to deal with his subject.I do not challenge the rights of any man. Butit is unfortunate when a few scribbling pens canlead a nation to false impressions. And here Iwould point out that the Russian immigrant to thiscountry knows about as much of his own countryas the average street pedlar in Whitechapel knowsof the British Empire.It has been my lot to spend nine years in Russia.During that period I have visited every Govern-ment in the Empire- I have associated with everyclass - I have been the guest of Princes and thebedfellow of peasants- I have feasted in the palacesof St. Petersburg with the dissolute, and I have satat the feet of the greatest thinker and philan-thropist in Russia. And I, too, have thought some-times. And my thoughts I have carried in mybrain — for it is dangerous to think in Russia, and athousand times more dangerous to commit thosethoughts to writing. I have acquired the languagesof the country, Russian and corrupt Russian, Polish,Lettish, Lithuanian and Yiddish.Contents:Part I:- Holy RussiaPart II:- The Jews in RussiaPart III:- A Power Above the TsarAppendices:I. The Titles of His Imperial Majesty Nicholas AlexandrovitchII. A List of Some of the Principal Outrages and MurdersPerpetrated on the Jews by the Christians