Modern Russia - As Seen an Englishwoman by Cicely Hamilton

ISBN: 9781406738391

Published: 2934 FOREWORD A WEEK or two after my return from Russia a relation of mine was questioned

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Modern Russia - As Seen  by  an Englishwoman by Cicely Hamilton

Modern Russia - As Seen by an Englishwoman by Cicely Hamilton
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MODERN RUSSIA AS SEEN BY AN ENGLISH WOMAN By CICELY HAMILTON WITH 24 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS NEW YORK E R DUTTON CO INC ffrj is reserved Prij tf M GjpJW Britain by Tf Znp Press Letdwortb far . M. Dent 6-Sons Ltd, e House Bedford St.

London Toronto .MoreMODERN RUSSIA AS SEEN BY AN ENGLISH WOMAN By CICELY HAMILTON WITH 24 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS NEW YORK E R DUTTON CO INC ffrj is reserved Prij tf M GjpJW Britain by Tf Znp Press Letdwortb far . M. Dent 6-Sons Ltd, e House Bedford St. London Toronto . Vancouver Melbourne . Wellington First Published 2934 FOREWORD A WEEK or two after my return from Russia a relation of mine was questioned by one of her acquaintance about my experiences there.

The said acquaintance, to the best of my belief, had never set foot in the U. S. S R but being, like other of her countrymen, an enthusiast for all its ways and works, she was curious to hear of my impressions It so happened that one of the impressions passed on to her concerned the condition of the Russian horse which no ordinary Englishman, I imagine, could look on without some distress and die mention of its leanness because it was a fact not favourable to Sovietism put an end to the conversation The en thusiast for the Soviet said, It s not true, it s not true as she turned on her heel and made off I may add that, a day or two later, she called on the other party to the conversation to inform her on what authority I know not that bread had never been rationed in Russia of the Revolution, I mention this incident, trivial as it is, because it typifies one of the difficulties that have to be faced by those who venture to write of the Soviet Union Even if they themselves find it possible to treat their subject unemotionally, they must make up their minds that the public they write for is largely an emotional and there fore an unreasoning public A public that is seldom indifferent, still more seldom judicial being swayed to one side or the other by itsprejudice or sentiment v vi Modern Russia The region comprised within the Soviet Union has cer tain characteristics that set it apart from all other nations of the earth.

It is not only a territory and collection of peoples it is a legend, or rather two legends the one of Utopian achievement, the other of horror Russia of to-day is the spiritual home of thousands who have never set foot within its borders and cannot speak a word of its language For the time being, at any rate, it has created a new religion in place of that it has cast down a faith in the corporate body of the State, which is as intolerant of heresy, as insistent on worship being paid to its God as any religion of the past In the days of my youth I was taught that Russia, to her children, was known as Holy Russia, and it would seem as if that power to create an atmosphere of worship were permanent all the world over there are those who believe in the holiness of Russia as thoroughly as others believe in the holiness of God There are circles of mankind in which the very name of Russia is a partisan label, a shibboleth often enough by the way a man speaks it you may guess his political creed To the adherents of one form of political thought it has seemed a bounden duty to express approval of the every act of Russian government on the adherents of another and opposite form, condemnation has been equally binding Other lands have the power of arousing patriotism in their own nationals but Russia can rouse patriotism of the eager, the devoted and combative type not only in her nationals but in men of other races men who would look on devotion to their own place and people as a folly In England, at any rate, the motto, Mycountry, right or wrong, has for many years been out of fashion but the fact that blind loyalty for England is not Foreword vii fashionable does not mean that the quality of blind loyalty is extinct...



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