From ‘The situation in Russia’, The Spectator, 11 September 1915: A new Russia has been arising within the old while the war has been going on. We have heard little of it, but we believe that the changes are deep and wide. A people cannot fight for liberty and justice without discovering that those ideas daily react upon their own practice. We read in fragmentary messages of the parties in the Duma calling a truce to their old differences, of political indulgence to the Jews, of more freedom to workmen to organise themselves, and so forth. This new heart in the nation knows that it must cease to beat if Germany should win the war. The rising Russia looks for a leader, and the Tsar is there at the very right moment.
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