RECENT events have drawn the attention upon Russia, a country of which but little is known here, because the intercourse
between it and the United States has been limited. In my frequent journeys to the Far East, I found it often
difficult to comprehend events because, while I could not help perceiving that the impulse leading to them came
from Russia, it was impossible to discover what prompted the government of the czar. I felt the necessity to study
the history of Russia, and found it so fascinating, that I resolved to place it in a condensed form before the
students in our schools. They must be the judges of how I have succeeded.