The Pupils of Peter the Great: A History of the Russian Court and Empire from 1697 to 1740

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A. Constable & Company, 1897 - Russia - 318 pages
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Page 226 - ... invade Saxony with at least 40,000 men, the confederates promising to co-operate simultaneously on the side of Silesia. In the Ukraine, too, Count Nicholas Potocki kept on foot a motley host of 50,000 men and entered into negotiations with the pretender to the throne of Transylvania, Francis Rakoczy II. But nothing came of these isolated and therefore impotent efforts. France was ill disposed to waste any more men and money on a patently unserviceable ally, more particularly as she had found...
Page 85 - Campredon supposed, a move in the direction of limited monarchy, by associating the leading magnates in the government, after the model of an English Cabinet Council ; but rather an attempt to strengthen the executive by concentrating affairs in the hands of a few persons, instead of leaving them, as heretofore, to the care of a turbulent and distracted Senate.
Page 235 - ... being at that time opposed to Russia's "system." She accordingly united with Austria to support the candidature of the late king's son, Augustus of Saxony. So far as Russia was concerned, the War of the Polish Succession was quickly over. Much more important was the Crimean War of 1 736-39. This war marks the beginning of that systematic struggle on the part of Russia to recover her natural and legitimate southern boundaries. It lasted 4 Vasily Golitsuin's expedition under the regency of Sophia...
Page 30 - ... present disturbances. For the governor of Astrachan being a cruel imprudent man, would not be content with the fine imposed by the Czar on the disobedient, but was resolved to make a thorough reformation. For which, and after the time of grace was expired, he placed his officers at all the church doors, who cut off the women's loose garments, from their middles, and pulled out the beards of several persons by the roots...
Page 39 - In 1710-1720 he personally conducted the descents upon Sweden, ravaging that country mercilessly, and thus extorting the peace of Nystad, whereby she surrendered the best part of her Baltic provinces to Russia. For these great services he was made a senator and admiral-general of the empire. His last expedition was to...
Page 276 - ... the Russian arms had been followed with intense interest both at London and Paris. Horace Walpole, in acknowledging the receipt of Miinnich's map of the Crimea from Rondeau in 1736, remarked that the eyes of all the world were fixed upon the lines of Perekop. A year later, Rondeau himself observed of Russia, with some apprehension, that "this Court begins to have a great deal to say in the affairs of Europe.
Page 95 - Catherine in which his Britannic Majesty declared that the armaments of Russia, in times of profound peace, could not but arouse the suspicions of Great Britain and her allies. " Our fleet," continued this despatch, "has been sent to preserve the peace of the North and prevent your fleet from putting to sea.
Page 308 - North," wrote Cardinal Fleury, " has mounted to too high a degree of power, and its union with the House of Austria is extremely dangerous.
Page 183 - ... agreeable. They had showed a dangerous disposition to limit, or, at any rate, to define her prerogatives. It was only the energetic intervention of the Guards that had saved the monarchy. Suspicious and resentful, Anne felt that she could never trust the Russian gentry with power. She felt that she must surround her throne with persons entirely devoted to her interests, and these persons, from the nature of the case, could only be foreigners — Germans, Livonians, Courlanders. The chief of these...
Page 286 - Historical Narratives from the Russian." An official amuser of the imperial leisure was Prince Aleksander Borisovich Kurakin, the only person at court who was permitted to speak his mind on all occasions. He possessed the additional privilege of getting drunk whenever he liked, a privilege which the abstemious empress allowed to no other person, except on the anniversary of her accession, when bumpers were emptied in her honor which amazed the English minister. These zanies and mountebanks were always...

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