Книга посвящена не только Петрограду, но и всей России в целом.
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A NOTE ON THE GROWTH OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE SINCE THE DAYS OF PETER THE GREAT
In my work on The Russian Army from Within, published this year, I have shown how important a factor in war and politics is the fecundity of the women, and in the East especially of the Slav women. When Peter the Great visited England, about two hundred years ago, the population of the Empire of Muscovy was only 14,000,000 ; now, owing to wars of conquest and the above factor (too often lost sight of by historians), it stands at 185,000,000.
Should Russia during the present campaign lose 2,000,000 men killed, which is an improbably high estimate, her population next year will be still about 186,000,000, since every year she has an increase of, roughly, 3,000,000 souls. Every fifty years the population of the Empire doubles, in spite of the enormous death-rate, which in many governments is from 50 to 60 per 1000, and at the present rate of increase the numbers by the year 1965 should be 370,000,000, even if Russia does not annex the Slavonic states of Austria and carry out the Panslavist programme which means that all Slavs should come under her rule or influence, although the Muscovites are not pure Slavs, but to a great extent are of Tartar origin.
During the reign of Peter, the first census was taken by his orders. The following table shows the growth of the nation since his day, despite constant wars, revolutions, epidemics, famines and other calamities, none of which seem to affect seriously the marvellous vigour, endurance and fertility of the people :
|1722, First Census, by order of Peter the Great||14,000,000|
|Probable result of Census in the year 1920||195,000,000|
|Probable result of Census in the year 1930||200,000,000|
If we assume that Russia will neither lose nor gain in possessions, but will continue to increase her numbers in the same ratio, by 1985 her population will stand at about 400,000,000. Should she succeed in obtaining Galicia and Bukhovina, and the other Slav territories of Austria, according to the desires of the Panslavists, it will be more like 500,000,000, especially as the Slovjaks and many other Slav races, owing to their high birth-rate and superior knowledge of hygiene, increase even more rapidly than their Russian kinsmen. When we remember that the Germans only increase at the rate of 900,000 per annum, the English at the rate of 350,000, and that the population of France is practically stationary, the future of Europe, it seems, must depend on the Russian Empire and the Balkan States, unless the various Germanic races the English, Scandinavians, Dutch, Germans, Austro-Germans forget their differences and unite before they are overwhelmed by the rising wave of Slavonic fertility.
"Вкусных" цитат множество. Причем автор, не известен ни как историк, ни как "культуролог". Обычный путешественник :)
...During the Japanese War the fear and suspicion of England assumed marvellous proportions, while during the Turkish War it was imagined that Englishmen were the cause of all Russia's disasters, both at home and abroad. If there was a defeat, a plague, a pestilence, a famine, or if the crops failed, it was all the work of Anglechanka, by which term the moujiks meant Britannia. Where Britain was on the map the majority had not the faintest idea.
(А я и не знал, какие корни у любимого в ЖЖ изречения.)
...The moujik's ideals, on the whole, are those of the Bible ; he thinks and speaks often in Biblical language ; his mental development is slow in the extreme. Like the Founder of Christianity, Ivan is a Communist and a Socialist, but in his knowledge of life and history is as simple as any child at its mother's knee.
Вообщем, теперь для moujiks добрые дяди оцифровывают книжечки.
Делают прекрасные исторические сайты. Недавно нашел, например, http://www.alexanderpalace.org
Там и time machine есть.