Excerpt from An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire: Embracing Its Geographical, Features, Political Divisions, Principal Cities and Towns, Population, Classes, Government, Resources, Commerce, Antiquities, Religion, Progress in Education, Literature, Art, and Science, Manners and Customs, Historic Summary
But comparatively few of the descriptive works on Russia heretofore published, accessible to readers in the English language - those Of recent as well as those Of earlier date - have extended their range beyond St. Petersburg and Moscow, with perhaps the provinces immediately surround ing them. This is to be accounted for probably in the fact that (with few exceptions) they have emanated from tourists visiting that country for health or pleasure and the restrictions with which the government every where trammels locomotion on Russian territory, with the miserable travel ling facilities, and worse roadside accommodations, have generally been sufficient to deter them from penetrating Or exploring to any considerable extent, the vast regions lying beyond the Muscovite capitals. And those works not comprised in this class, and which form the exceptions referred to above, do not cover, any one of them, but a fraction Of this colossal empire. Thus Finland, the German colonies, Poland, Southern Russia, the Crimea, Kazan, the Caucasian and trans-caucasian provinces, Siberia.
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