Rise of the Russian Empire
EARLY RURIKOVITCH PRINCES
THE RISE OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE
BY HECTOR H. MUNRO
“On se flatterait en vain de connaitre la Russie actuelle, si l’on ne
remontait plus haut dans son histoire.”—Le Père Pierling.
LONDON GRANT RICHARDS 1900
With the exception of a translation of Rambaud’s somewhat disjointed work, there is
no detailed history of Russia in the English language at all approaching modern
standards. The reigns of Petr the Great and of some of his successors down to the
present day—a period covering only 200 years—have been minutely dealt with, but
the earlier history of a nation with whom we are coming ever closer into contact is
to the English reader almost a blank. Whether the work now submitted will
adequately fill the gap remains to be seen; such is its object.
The rule observed with regard to the rendering of names of places and persons has
been to follow the spelling of the country to which they belong as closely as possible.
The spelling of Russian words employed, and curiously distorted, by English and
other historians, has been brought back to its native forms. There is no satisfactory
reason, for instance, why the two final letters of boyarin should be dropped, or why
reappear tacked on to the equally Russian word Kreml. Moskva is scarcely
recognisable in its Anglicised form, and Kiev can only be rendered Kieff on a system
which would radically disturb the spelling of most English towns.
A list of works consulted is appended, arranged somewhat in the order in which
they have been found useful, precedence being given to those which have been most
largely drawn upon.
HECTOR H. MUNRO, 1899.
Karamzin—Histoire de l’empire russe. 1819. (French translation by MM. St. Thomas
et de Divoff.)
S. Solov’ev—Istoriya Rossie. 1858.
Th. Schiemann—Russland, Polen und Livland. 1885.
A. Rambaud—History of Russia. 1879. (English translation.)
L. Paris (translator)—Chronique de Nestor. 1834.
N. Kostomarov—Rousskaya Istoriya v jhizneopisaniyakh eya glavnieyshikh
N. Kostomarov—Sieverno Rousskiya Narodopravstva. 1886.