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If you want to predict the next global conflict it is all here, just substitute the Czar for Putin, an hereditary ruler.
on 25 June 2015
This only loses a star because, as usual, someone should have proof read it and replaced the many typos.
However, as a story it is gripping. A quote from the book "You are just a lot of butchers. You make me sick. Butchers, that's what you are."
This is a Russian lady commenting on fellow Russians.
The novel basically follows Russian attempts to clear the Caucasus, and Chechnya in particular, from its native inhabitants so that the Czar can benefit from returning the people to serfdom and seizing their lands. The hero is finally done down by his Russian hosts. Obviously, being more than 150 years old, this novel refers to Czar Nicholas but really is so relevent to 20thC and 21thC Russian behaviour.
It is a great novel and a history lesson in one. And they have done it again now in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, not to mention the vicious wars they fought against the Chechens and Dagestan plus Afghanestan in the late 20thC.