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A Short History of Russia Paperback – January 1, 2013
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This book was originally published in 1899; this edition was published in 1907 with new section that draws on the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. It therefore contains a perspective unblemished by foreknowledge of the Revolution of 1917 and subsequent Communist rule. Parmele's insights are those of the 19th Century, but she would not have been surprised by Lenin or Stalin and their excesses.
In her preface, Parmele says, "If this book seems to have departed from the proper ideal of historic narrative -- if it is the history of 'power', and not of a 'people' --it is because the Russian people have had no history yet. There has been no evolution of a Russian nation, but only of a vast governing system; and the words 'Russian Empire' stand for a majestic world-power in which the mass of its people have no part."
Her statement was prescient and perceptively anticipates the events of the 20th Century. At the time of this edition (1907) she optimistically hopes for positive change. She would not be surprised to find that she was, alas, wrong.
I highly recommend this book.