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Mar 29, 2011
| ISBN 9780143118862
Apr 15, 2010
| ISBN 9781101429389
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Mar 29, 2011 | ISBN 9780143118862
Apr 15, 2010 | ISBN 9781101429389
The first history of the epic defeat of Napoleon’s empire told from the Russian perspective. Though much has been written about Napoleon’s doomed invasion of Russia and the collapse of the French Empire that ensued, virtually all of it has been from the Western perspective. Now, taking advantage of never- before-seen documents from the Russian archives, Dominic Lieven upends much of the conventional wisdom about the events that formed the backdrop of Tolstoy’s masterpiece, War and Peace. Lieven’s riveting narrative sweeps readers through epic battles, tense diplomatic exchanges on which the fate of nations hung, and the rise of Russia from near-ruin to Europe’s liberator. Rich in detail, Russia Against Napoleon is a groundbreaking masterwork.
A major new history of the Russian conflict immortalized by Tolstoy in War and Peace Russia’s expulsion of Napoleon’s Grande Armée in 1812 is considered one of the most dramatic events in European history. However, Tolstoyan myth and an imbalance of British and French interpretations have clouded most Westerners’ understanding of Russia’s role in the defeat of Napoleon. Based on a fresh examination of Russian military archives, Russia Against Napoleon provides the first-ever history of the period told from the Russian perspective. In Dominic Lieven’s account, Russia’s victory in 1812 was just the beginning of what would be the longest military campaign in European history, marked by Russia’s epic efforts to feed and supply half a million troops as they crossed an entire continent. Moving from the 1807 treaty signed by Napoleon and Tsar Alexander I through the Russian army’s improbable entry into Paris in 1814, Lieven provides suspenseful accounts of events, such as the burning of Moscow and the great battles of Leipzig and Borodino, as well as astute analyses of the great military strategists of the time. The result is a magisterial work sure to be eagerly anticipated by military and history buffs alike.
Dominic Lieven is a senior research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and a fellow of the British Academy. He previously taught Russian Studies at the London School of Economics for 33 years. His book Russia Against Napoleon won the 2009 Wolfson Prize… More about Dominic Lieven
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