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The Crimean War: A History
作者 Orlando Figes
出版社 Picador
ISBN 9781250002525
分類 History > World History > European History
價格 HK$209.00
 
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From "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians" (Financial Times) comes 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.


About the Author:

Orlando Figes is the author of The Whisperers, Natasha's Dance, and A People's Tragedy, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. The recipient of the Wolfson History Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others, Figes is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London.


List of Plates ix

List of Illustrations xiii

Note on Dates and Proper Names xiv

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction xvii

Maps xxv

1. Religious Wars 1

2. Eastern Questions 23

3. The Russian Menace 61

4. The End of Peace in Europe 100

5. Phoney War 130

6. First Blood to the Turks 165

7. Alma 200

8. Sevastopol in the Autumn 230

9. Generals January and February 278

10. Cannon Fodder 324

11. The Fall of Sevastopol 373

12. Paris and the New Order 411

Epilogue: The Crimean War in Myth and Memory 467

Notes 494

Select Bibliography 533

Index 541


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