R. Van Bergen

The Story of Russia

By Robert Van Bergen. Written just after the end of the Russo-Japanese war of 1904, this masterful history of Russia from its earliest times captures the spirit and essence of the creation of Tsarist Russia. Written by a visiting American scholar, this book is unique in that it spelled out precisely the racial reasons for much of Russia’s turmoil, from the brutal invasion by the Huns to the centuries’ long occupation by the Khanate in the south.

Starting with the earliest known historical inhabitants—the Scythians—this work moves through each phase of Russian history, encompassing the arrival of the Indo-European Slavs, the Viking Rus, the creation of the great capital cities of Kiev and Moscow, the emergence of the Tsars—and the terrible effects of the Asiatic invasions.

The author correctly predicts the downfall of the Tsarist system, blaming the baneful influence of Asiatics, and concludes:

“No one knows what the morrow will bring, either to us or to the Slav. Yet it seems absurd to suppose that, after the lessons of corruption and incompetence of the present government, the educated Russians will remain quiescent while the great empire continues on its downward course.

“Mediævalism has come into contact with the spirit of the twentieth century, and has been found wanting. It seems as if the dawn of a new era for Russia is at hand.”


I. The Realm of the Czar

II. Early Records of Russia

III. The Norsemen (or Varingians) in Russia

IV. Saint Vladimir and Iaroslaf the Great

V. A Russian Republic

VI. Troublous Times

VII. The Yellow Peril

VIII. Russia under the Mongol Yoke

IX. Lithuania and Moscow

X. Decline of the Tartar Power

XI. Ivan III, the Great

XII. Russia becomes an Autocracy

XIII. Ivan IV, the Terrible

XIV. Russia under Ivan the Terrible

XV. Feodor, the Last of Rurik’s Descendants

XVI. Michael Feodorovitch (Son of Theodore) the First Romanof

XVII. Early Years of Peter the Great (Peter Alexievitch)

XVIII. Peter the Great and His Reign

XIX. Peter the Great and His Time

XX. The Successors of Peter the Great

XXI. Russia under Catherine II (the Great)

XXII. Russia during the Wars of Napoleon

XXIII. An Eventful Period

XXIV. Alexander II, the Liberator

XXV. Great Events during Alexander’s Reign

XXVI. Alexander III, the Peasants’ Friend

XXVII. Russia Methods: The War with Japan

XXVIII. The Origin and Growth of the Asiatic Empire

XXIX. Russian Methods. The War with Japan

XXX. Russia Loses Her Prestige

About the author: Robert Van Bergen M.A. was one of the first Americans to enter Japan after that nation ended its centuries of isolation following the famous Admiral Perry incident, and won renown in the Asiatic nation for teaching English to its nobility, becoming Principal of the Nobles’ School in Tokyo. While there, he wrote the first comprehensive histories of Japan to appear in English, and acquired considerable additional fame in the West as a result. Later, his visits to Russia intrigued his curiosity as to the nature of the Tsarist regime, prompting his famous history of that nation.

194 pages. Paperback.


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Weight 8.9 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.495 × 9 in

R. Van Bergen

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