The Russian Revolt: Its Causes, Condition, and Prospects

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Fb&c Limited, 16.06.2015 - 290 Seiten
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The Russian plain, as I saw it almost unintermittingly during a ten days' journey in the summer of 1882, has a strange power of reproducing some of those illusions that are properly called marine. At sea most people have noticed how largely the apparent extent of the prospect offered to the eye of a spectator depends on the state of the waters, or rather upon the particular character of their surface at the moment of observation. Should the waves run high, presenting their optical effect in a comparatively few concentrated masses of large dimensions, the sense of extension is weakened, and the sky line made to assume a nearness not its due. But when the disturbance is over, and there are left only tiny waves, little more than ripples, the horizon seems to have receded to a distance relatively immense.

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