Crimea: The Last Crusade (Allen Lane History)

Crimea: The Last Crusade (Allen Lane History)

Orlando Figes


The bad clash that ruled the mid nineteenth century, the Crimean struggle killed at the very least 800,000 males and pitted Russia opposed to a powerful coalition of england, France and the Ottoman Empire. It used to be a struggle for territory, provoked by means of worry that if the Ottoman Empire have been to break down then Russia may possibly regulate an important swathe of land from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf. however it used to be additionally a struggle of faith, pushed through a fervent, populist and ever extra ferocious trust via the Tsar and his ministers that it used to be Russia's activity to rule all Orthodox Christians and keep watch over the Holy Land. Orlando Figes' significant new booklet reimagines this outstanding battle, within which the stakes couldn't were larger and which used to be fought with a negative mix of ferocity and incompetence. It was once either a recognisably sleek clash - the 1st to be commonly photographed, the 1st to hire the telegraph, the 1st 'newspaper struggle' - and a conventional one, with illiterate infantrymen, beginner officials and large casualties as a result of affliction. the enduring moments of the conflict - the cost of the sunshine Brigade, the Siege of Sebastopol, the impression of Florence Nightingale - are all the following, yet there's additionally a wealthy feel of the Crimea itself and the tradition that was once destroyed by way of the struggling with. Drawing on a major variety of attention-grabbing assets, Figes additionally offers the lived event of the battle, from that of the standard British soldier in his snow-filled trench, to the haunted, gloomy, slim determine of Tsar Nicholas himself as he vows to tackle the complete global in his hunt for spiritual salvation.

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