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Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of by Dominic Lieven

By Dominic Lieven

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Starred assessment. Lieven, professor of background on the London tuition of Economics, makes use of Russian data because the foundation for this seminal reinterpretation of Napoleon's defeat in 1812-1814. Russia's leaders cleverly engaged Napoleon in one of those drawn-out crusade the French method used to be least capable of salary. Russia's armies outfought Napoleon's, thank you in stable half to the braveness, persistence, and loyalty of infantrymen led via officials whose principal virtues have been honor and braveness. Russian staffs and directors saved the troops provided regardless of the lengthy and lengthening distances among bases and theaters of operations. And coordinating the hassle used to be Tsar Alexander II, whose braveness, ability, and intelligenceheld jointly the ultimate alliance opposed to Napoleon all of the method from Moscow to Paris. Lieven weaves those threads including aptitude and provides perception into the specifics of every little thing from infantry strategies to diplomatic negotiations. He concludes that Russian and eu protection have been together based, and that Russia's conflict was once noticeable by means of Europeans a one among liberation from Napoleon's exactions and goals. whereas arguable, neither aspect will be brushed off. Illus., maps. (Apr. 19)
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Dominic Lieven is professor of Russian heritage on the London university of Economics. His prior books contain Empire: The Russian Empire and Its Rivals and Nicholas II: Twilight of the Empire. 3 of his direct ancestors have been generals within the conflict of Leipzig.

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In the Seven Years War (1756–63) Russia made an even bigger impact on European minds. Her armies occupied East Prussia, defeated Frederick II’s forces on many occasions, and even briefly captured Berlin. 1 There followed the reign of Catherine II (1762–96) during which Russia’s territory, power and international status grew enormously. Most of the Polish commonwealth as well as huge territories in what we now call southern and eastern Ukraine but which was then known as ‘New Russia’ were annexed.

Napoleon and his army have also retained their fascination for the English-as well as French-speaking public. In any case, most authors cannot be expected to read many languages or consult archives in a range of countries. They expect to draw their information from the research of specialists. As regards Russia’s role in the defeat of Napoleon, this research and these specialists do not exist. No Western professor has ever written a book on the Russian war effort against Napoleon. 2 In many areas of military history the gap left by the universities is filled by army staff colleges.

When I called him a partisan leader, which is exactly what he was for much of 1812–14, she stormed off in disgust. The young student was not at all pro-Communist but she was a product of the Moscow radical-liberal intelligentsia. For her, heroes of 1812 in general and partisans in particular were ‘friends of the people’ and therefore by definition honorary members of her radical political camp and tradition. When it took over the 1812 myth and made it an integral part of Soviet patriotism, the Communist regime to a great extent set such ideas in stone.

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