The Crimean War: A History

The Crimean War: A History

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..

Title:The Crimean War: A History
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780805074604
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    The Crimean War: A History Reviews

  • WILLIAM2

    Excellent. This is actually three books. The first one--up to p. 140 or so--is about the origins of the Crimean war. At the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem Catholic and Orthodox Christians w...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    This book began rather slowly for me but I soon became engrossed in Figes' narrative of this somewhat "forgotten" war which claimed so many lives for so little. I have always been fascinated by the Cr...

  • Andrew

    The Crimean War: A History, by Orlando Figes, is a large history of the Crimean War between Russia on one side, and France, Britain and the Ottoman Empire on the other. The war began over religious sc...

  • Caroline

    A comprehensive history of the war with excellent chapters on the aftermath in world politics and national identity.[on the aftermath of the war] The Crimean War reinforced in Russia a long-felt sense...

  • Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont

    It’s Good Friday, April 10, 1846. Jerusalem is packed with pilgrims on an Easter weekend that happened to fall on the same date in both the Latin and Orthodox calendars. The mood is tense. The two r...

  • Jamie

    In this history of the Crimean War by Orlando Figes, the fighting does not begin until about a third of the way into the book. This is not a weakness, however, because understanding the events that le...

  • Bettie

    To look into given the recent developmentsOrlando Figes is a somewhat disgraced author, however I would still like a flick through this. May 2014: President Putin's visit to Crimea was welcomed there ...

  • Sotiris Karaiskos

    A complete book on the Crimean War that starts from far behind to reveal all its causes and continues to provide a wealth of information on every aspect of this conflict. Interestingly, the author doe...

  • Pavel

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in current conflict in Ukraine/Crimea, who wants to understand historical, geopolitical and political roots of idiotic modern strife betwe...

  • James

    Figes hits the nail on the head in his introduction, many of the earlier works covered mostly the British battles and didn't touch upon the geopolitical or religious causes of the Crimean War. (I've r...