Wallace (1841-1919), a newspaper correspondent and editor, was engaged in qualifying for a professorship in Comparative Law in Germany when he accepted a private invitation to visit Russia. He had expressed a desire to study the Ossetes, a peculiar Aryan tribe in the Caucasus. However, he remained in Russia nearly six years, studying not the Ossetes but the Russians. He familiarized himself thoroughly with the life of the people by settling for long periods in remote villages. In 1876 he returned to England where he published the present work, his most famous work.
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