White Russia or White Ruthenia is a translation of the name Belaya Rus (Belarusian: Белая Русь, "White Rus"), which has historically been applied to a part of the wider region of Ruthenia or Rus', most often to that which roughly corresponds to the eastern part of present-day Belarus including the cities of Polatsk, Vitsyebsk and Mahiliou.
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... The policy of German leaders had been to foment unrest or revolution in Russia in order to force the Russians to sue for peace ... believing Lenin to be the most powerful weapon they could use against Russia ... opportunities for an increased role by the Red and White paramilitary groups ...
... Many other variants of this name appeared in ancient maps for instance, Russia Alba, Russija Alba, Wit Rusland, Weiss Reussen, White Russia, Hvite Russland, Hvít ... The first part, under the rule of the Moscovite Grand Duke, was called White Russia ... The second one, under the rule of Polish king, was called Black Russia ...
... The name Belarus corresponds literally with the term White Rus' ... There are several claims to the origin of the name White Rus' ... An alternate explanation for the name comments on the white clothing worn by the local Slavic population ...
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“To believe that Russia has got rid of the evils of capitalism takes a special kind of mind. It is the same kind of mind that believes that a Holy Roller has got rid of sin.”
—H.L. (Henry Lewis)
“The birch stripped of its bark, or the charred stump where a tree has been burned down to be made into a canoe,these are the only traces of man, a fabulous wild man to us. On either side, the primeval forest stretches away uninterrupted to Canada, or to the South Sea; to the white man a drear and howling wilderness, but to the Indian a home, adapted to his nature, and cheerful as the smile of the Great Spirit.”
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