A Brief History of the Crimean War (Brief Histories)

A Brief History of the Crimean War (Brief Histories)

by Alexis S . Troubetzkoy (Author)


In September 1854, the armies of Britain, France and Turkey invaded Russia. In the months that followed over half a million soldiers fell. They died from bullet wounds and shrapnel, cholera and disease, starvation and freezing. The Crimean War was a medieval conflict fought in a modern age. But what is rarely appreciated, and what this historical examination shows, is that this extraordinary and costly struggle was fought not only in the Crimea, but also along the Danube, in the Arctic Ocean, in the Baltic and Pacific. Few wars in history reveal greater confusion of purpose or have had richer unintended consequences. Much has been written about this most senseless of wars and this new history does not aim to cover old ground. Instead, it traces the war's causes and sketches a vivid picture of the age which made it possible, up until the moment of the Allies' departure for the Crimea. Woven together with developments in diplomacy, trade and nationalistic expression are descriptions of the Russian, Turkish and British armies and the principals of the drama - Napoleon III, Marshal St Arnaud, Lord Raglan, the great Russian engineer Todleban, Florence Nightingale, Nicholas I and his magnificently terrible Russian empire.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Robinson Publishing
Published: 09 Nov 2006

ISBN 10: 1845294203
ISBN 13: 9781845294205
Book Overview: Tracing the origins of history's most curious and unnecessary struggle

Media Reviews
'The war and its causes was a colossal comedy of errors in which at every moment the question was asked, Who is being swindled here?' Frederick Engels Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. - 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', Alfred Lord Tennyson
Author Bio
Alexis S. Troubezkoy was born in Paris in 1934 into a Russian princely family. At an early age he emigrated to the United States. He is the author of Imperial Legend: The Mysterious Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I and The Road to Balaklava. He lives in Canada.