Lot 236: German revolutionist and writer on politics, history, mythology, and German literature (1826–1907). Rare and lengthy AMS in English, signed within the title and at the conclusion, 60 lined pages, 5 x 8, no date but circa autumn 1904. Blind's draft for an article published in the North American Review in October of 1904, titled at the top, "Czarism at Bay, By Karl Blind." In part: "As the forces of Czardom are driven back and crippled more and more, both on sea and on land, curious attempts are being made in England to impress public opinion with the idea that, if ever she were actively to turn against Russia, she would have to reckon with an armed alliance between Russia and Germany. An Australian writer…writes in a Liberal London paper, after having travelled through the Muscovite Empire: 'I saw quite enough to make me know that the Czar of Russia is at this present moment holding in a grip of iron the war party in St. Petersburg, who, rightly or wrongly, imagine that Britain's present Government intrigued successfully with the powers at Tokio to bring about the present war between Russia and Japan.'" Heavily hand-edited and revised throughout in ink and pencil, with several redacted sections. In fine condition, with small edge tears and expected wear. Accompanied by a photocopy of the final article as it was published in the North American Review. Blind was writing as a wave of social and political unrest was spreading through the Russian Empire, which led to a revolution beginning in January 1905, characterized by worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies. Despite changes in the structure of government, Nicholas II retained the throne, not to be forced to abdicate until the Bolshevik overthrow in 1917.
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