Custine: Puerility on a Vast Scale

“The taste for [military] reviews is pushed in Russia to the point of madness. I am not moved to laughter; puerility on a vast scale is to me an appalling thing… It is only with blindly submissive peoples that a ruler can demand immense sacrifices to produce trifles.”

– Marquis de Custine, La Russie en 1839

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