Saki on old Russia,
This review is from: The Rise of the Russian Empire (1900) (Paperback)
This is of particular interest as the first book by the writer who was to become Saki. His mordant wit is already in evidence in this history of Russia from the development around Kiev in the middle ages to the accession of Mikhail Romanov. Unfortunately, the author goes into a lot of details about who was there and what happened in various battles, particularly in the history of Kiev Rus, where the breadth of sources is rather limited and rather suspect. However, the writer manages to prioritise rather better when it comes to Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov and the Time of Troubles. He also makes some interesting judgements about the development of Russian power and the nature of the proto-democracy of that rather remarkable city, Novgorod the Great.
The author makes the choice of using genuine Russian words (e.g. Moskva for Moscow) rather than Anglicised Russian. Whilst this undoubtedly adds to authenticity, this will probably cause some confusion to those who have no familiarity with the Russian language.