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The Empire of Russia

John S. C. Abbott

Book Overview: 

A history of Russia from 500 B.C. to 1855 A.D., written by John Stevens Cabot Abbott, the brother of Jacob Abbott.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ruining the country, and this led him to adopt the most wise and vigorous measures to secure peace within his own flourishing territories. He adopted the system of centralized power, keeping the reins of government firmly in his own hands, and appointing governors over remote provinces, who were merely the executors of his will, and who were responsible to him for all their acts. At Kief the system of independent apanages prevailed. The lord placed at the head of a principality was an unlimited despot, accountable to no one but God for his administration. His fealty to the king consisted merely in an understanding that he was to follow the banner of the sovereign in case of war. But in fact, these feudal lords were more frequently found claiming entire independence, and struggling against their nominal sovereign to wrest from his hands the scepter.

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Community Reviews

“The Empire of Russia” covers the period of 600 BC until the time of this book’s publication in the 1850s. Little info was available to John Abbott regarding the first 1.500 years, thus this period is sparsely covered.

I found this tome informative though at times the in-depth battle details proved a

This is a relatively lengthy and interesting history of Russia, written from the late 19th century perspective. It is rich with author's commentary and social bias as it documents the intrigues, the heroics, the disasters, the revolutions and the craziness of hundreds of years of political and socia

I found this pretty easy to follow. The opening eras were all battles, bloodshed, and gore - but it does give you a good feel of Russia's history. I don't know if it's the material Abbott drew from, or if it is his own paradigm, but he seemed to evaluate each leader based on the leader's religious

Extensive. Very detailed.

This book was written in the mid 1800's and is a history of Russia from 500 B.C. to 1855 A.D.. It was not an easy read, and I'm glad to be done. However, I do have a better understanding of Russia and her people.

Too technical, monotonous and judgmental (especially against women and non-Christians) for my taste, disregarding the time it was written in.