The Crimean War

A History

By Figes, Orlando

Publishers Summary:
From "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians,"* the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern ageThe 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 three great empires—the British, 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 masterful 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, and the ordinary soldiers and nurses in the battlefields and towns under siege.Original, magisterial, alive with voices of the time, The Crimean War is a historical tour de force.* Financial Times

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ISBN
978-0-80507-460-4
Publisher
Metropolitan: Holt


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Essentially a three-way clash among the British, Turkish, and Russian empires, the Crimean War was famed for military incompetence (think the Charge of ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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