The Crimean War

A History

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Publisher Description

Please note that the maps available in the print edition do not appear in the ebook.

From "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians," (Financial Times) the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern age

The Charge of the Light Brigade, Florence Nightingale—these are the enduring icons of the Crimean War. Less well-known is that this savage war (1853-1856) killed almost a million soldiers and countless civilians; that it enmeshed four great empires—the British, French, Turkish, and Russian—in a battle over religion as well as territory; that it fixed the fault lines between Russia and the West; that it set in motion the conflicts that would dominate the century to come.

In this masterly history, Orlando Figes reconstructs the first full conflagration of modernity, a global industrialized struggle fought with unusual ferocity and incompetence. Drawing on untapped Russian and Ottoman as well as European sources, Figes vividly depicts the world at war, from the palaces of St. Petersburg to the holy sites of Jerusalem; from the young Tolstoy reporting in Sevastopol to Tsar Nicolas, haunted by dreams of religious salvation; from the ordinary soldiers and nurses on the battlefields to the women and children in towns under siege..

Original, magisterial, alive with voices of the time, The Crimean War is a historical tour de force whose depiction of ethnic cleansing and the West's relations with the Muslim world resonates with contemporary overtones. At once a rigorous, original study and a sweeping, panoramic narrative, The Crimean War is the definitive account of the war that mapped the terrain for today's world..

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2011
April 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
608
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co.
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
2.8
MB

Customer Reviews

WYBJR ,

Easy and interesting to read. Well paced. Understandable.

Easy and interesting to read. Well paced. Understandable. Straight forward.

Jarraj ,

Obscure history from the western view

I always wondered about these obscure wars which shaped much of 20 th century politics. Now I know. It's pretty lively reading and well researched. oh, if only we could not repeat the mistakes of the past!

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