The Crimean War: A History

From the great storyteller of modern Russian historians, Financial Times the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern ageThe 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 enmesheFrom the great storyteller of modern Russian historians, Financial Times the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern ageThe 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 siegeOriginal, 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
The Crimean War A History From the great storyteller of modern Russian historians Financial Times the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern ageThe Charge of the Light Brigade Florence Nightingale the

  • Title: The Crimean War: A History
  • Author: Orlando Figes
  • ISBN: 9780805074604
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Crimean War: A History”

    1. Excellent. This is actually three books. The first one--up to p. 140 or so--is about the origins of the Crimean war. At the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem Catholic and Orthodox Christians would fight each other to the death for the right to, say, be the first to celebrate the Easter Mass. Disingenuously, Nicholas I of Russia used a concern for the Orthodox living under Turkish rule as an opportunity for imperialist expansion. He really wanted to partition Turkey. Russophobic Britain w [...]

    2. The Crimean War: A History, by Orlando Figes, is a large history of the Crimean War between Russia on one side, and France, Britain and the Ottoman Empire on the other. The war began over religious scuffling between Catholic and Greek Orthodox pilgrims in Jerusalem - then part of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman's had recently passed policy favourable to Catholic pilgrims at the expense of Orthodox pilgrims in the city, with religious rights and priorities being granted to Catholic churches at th [...]

    3. An impressive new history of a war which seems to be almost completely forgotten over here, with the exception of "The Charge of the Light Brigade". It covers the war in all aspects, from the grisly siege of Sevastopol, the snarled diplomatic efforts which led to the start of the war, comparisons of the major players, the effects of religious differences, and the relatively neglected campaigns in the Baltic and Caucasus. A worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in the era, to say no [...]

    4. A comprehensive history of the war with excellent chapters on the aftermath in world politics and national identity.[on the aftermath of the war] The Crimean War reinforced in Russia a long-felt sense of resentment against Europe. There was a feeling of betrayal that the West had sided with the Turks against Russia. It was the first time in history that a European alliance had fought on the side of a Muslim power against another Christian state in a major war.All around the Black Sea rim, the Cr [...]

    5. This book began rather slowly for me but I soon became engrossed in Figes' narrative of this somewhat "forgotten" war which claimed so many lives for so little. I have always been fascinated by the Crimean War and this book added to my knowledge as the author had access to sources not previously available to other authors. It was a war of incompetent leadership, missed opportunities, outdated military tactics, and rampant disease. Much mystique and legend regarding the war has grown over the yea [...]

    6. It’s Good Friday, April 10, 1846. Jerusalem is packed with pilgrims on an Easter weekend that happened to fall on the same date in both the Latin and Orthodox calendars. The mood is tense. The two religious communities had been arguing over who has the right to be first to carry out the rituals at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest places in Christendom, standing on the spot where Jesus is said to have been crucified.That Friday was to be anything but good. The Catholics arri [...]

    7. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in current conflict in Ukraine/Crimea, who wants to understand historical, geopolitical and political roots of idiotic modern strife between Russia and the West and who at the same time is sick of media taking sides and in fact enkindling the conflict by that. The book itself only covers that old XIX century war between Russia and Allies (GB, France and Turkey) of course, but it reflects current events so much it is even scary. O. Fig [...]

    8. Figes hits the nail on the head in his introduction, many of the earlier works covered mostly the British battles and didn't touch upon the geopolitical or religious causes of the Crimean War. (I've read a couple in the distant past like this.) How many times can the Charge of the Light Brigade be rehashed? There's a large chunk of history I was unaware of, the initial conditions and the aftermath are covered in detail based on documents from all sides of the conflict.First bits of interest are [...]

    9. To look into given the recent developmentsOrlando Figes is a discredited author, however I would still like a flick through this. May 2014: President Putin's visit to Crimea was welcomed there but criticised by Washington BBC news

    10. It’s still a little difficult for me to believe that the French and the British were relying on freaking travel writing for the logistics of their attack on Crimea, that some of the soldiers thought they were headed to a jungle, and a little more than 150 years later we can take virtual walks there. Makes you wonder what Napoleon had to work with. But one of the most interesting parts of this book, for me, was reading that the Crimean War coincided with a sort of information boom. Britain ende [...]

    11. Reading this interesting history I discovered that some of my preconceived notions about the war were wrong. Besides knowing very little about the war itself, I realized what familiarity I have with it is through British perceptions. The histories most available to us are British histories, and so such innovative work such as that of Florence Nightingale is filtered through British sensibilities, and the attention given to something like Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" has made that act [...]

    12. I have to admit that I didn’t know much at all about the Crimean War before I read this book. I was probably like most people when I thought about the conflict, if I thought about it at all; it was one of those endless little European wars, maybe less little than most, that seemed to pop up between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, one of a series of conflicts that involved Turkey and its neighbors or somehow involved the Balkans (the Balkans!), famous for Florence Nightingale and the Charg [...]

    13. I'll be honest, before I started this book, I had very little idea of where the Crimea was, let alone the causes of the war. Flroence Nightingalge, 'The Thin Red Line', balaclavas and of course The Charge of the Light Brigade I knew about. Cardigan and Raglan, I recognised had given their names to knitting. I'd read about the fall of Sevastopol in the excellent 'Rose of Sebeastopol'and had long had an idea for a book or series of my own set in and around the war, and I'd really enjoyed one of Or [...]

    14. A fine history of the nasty Crimean War. This was one of those wars that should never have happened. Neither the French nor British could quite figure out why to go to war. Russia had the deteriorating Czar Nicholas seeing possible war in religious terms. The Ottoman Empire was in decline. The dynamics, thus, were not auspicious.Once war began, the allies (Britain, France, the Ottoman Empire, plus others as well) bruised the Russian forces at the outset. Then, a surprisingly strong stand by the [...]

    15. This is a solid, very readable history of the Crimean War, with particular attention paid to the political and religious origins of the conflict.Just to vent a little, I read this on my Kindle, and was unhappy about the ebook experience here. First, the conversion to ebook seems somewhat sloppy. I know that some books are converted in a process where the text is supplied to via a PDF file, and then presumably is scanned into 's system. That appears to be what happened here, since some words don [...]

    16. A majestic and magisterial history of the bloody 1853-1856 conflict; the author has done considerable research, including first-person accounts (and not just those of a young Leo Tolstoy). He does show the other fronts in the war -- the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Baltic -- and not just the Crimean peninsula, though the narrative mostly focuses on the latter, and the siege of Sevastopol. We also learn of the diplomatic and religious intrigue before and after the conflict.This book is not just a m [...]

    17. Orlando Figes' book, The Crimean War is an excellent account of a little known war. It took place in 1855-57, and it is a war that did not involve the United States for a change, since the States' impeding war between the north and the south kept that country's citizens otherwise occupied.Russia wanted a warm water port so it decided to invade Turkey. This threatened the British and France so they came to Turkey's defense. Each country had mixed motives.One, they did not want Russia or each othe [...]

    18. With the ongoing crisis and unrest in Ukraine, I decided to read Orlando Figes' The Crimean War: A History. I'm glad that I picked this book to read because it offers some insight into the reasons of the current situation in Ukraine and the Crimea. Figes not only gives a narrative of the war, he puts in perspective by reviewing what caused the war and reviewed the impact it had on the participants, especially Russia and Great Britain. If, like me, you were not fully familiar with the Crimean War [...]

    19. This latest addition to the historical topic of the Crimean War sounds interesting as there are many books in English on the Crimean War. But this is the first in any language to draw extensively from Russian, French and Ottoman as well as British sources to illuminate the geo-political, cultural and religious factors that shaped the involvement of each major power in the conflict."It was the earliest example of a truly modern war - fought with new industrial technologies, modern rifles, steamsh [...]

    20. This is a wonderful book about a not so wonderful war. There are several ways to look at the Crimean War. It was just like the Napoleonic Wars, only with fewer people and better firearms. It was just like World War I, except that it was smaller in scale, with more primitive technology, and perhaps even more incompetent generals. It was a Crusade -- a religious war -- although the protagonists seemed to use religion as more of a rationalization than a reason. The religious war was three-way or mo [...]

    21. If you are in the market for a book about the Crimean War (and who isn't?), this is a damn fine book. Apparently there are other recent books out there about this war, but I'm certainly not going to read another one, so I can't really compare. This book provides very good coverage about the actual fighting of the war as well as the causes, connected events during the war, and the aftermath. One complaint I'd have is that the author seemed to set up the war as a religious conflict, but then stron [...]

    22. The Crimean war is today mostly a dim memory from a bygone age in politics and warfare: Most people faintly remember something about Florence Nightingale, the charge of the Light Brigade, incompetent leadership and much human suffering. And perhaps there is much to be said for that summary. One thing Figes does is tell that story in more detail, doing more justice to those who lived through the bitter conflict. But he also adds a lot of context to this war, explaining why the governments chose t [...]

    23. Crimea is a delightful farrago from the pre-eminent Anglo-Saxon historian of Russia that is centered on the Crimea War. Figes is all over the place but he has insight everywhere. He identifies the practice by European powers of encouraging sectarian violence in Holy Land as a major factor causing the Crimean War. He shows how the Concert of Europe fell apart because of the inability of an autocrat to communicate with the political leaders of Austria, France and England. He describes in the maste [...]

    24. Klassische, historiografische Darstellung des Krimkriegs (1854/55), in dem eine Koalition aus Frankreich, Großbritannien und der Türkei den russischen Einfluss im Schwarzen Meer und auf der Krim sowie auf dem ganzen Balkan zurückdrängten. Wir finden uns wieder in der Zeit der Kabinettskriege und europäuschen Monarchien, die um jedes Fleckchen Einfluss am Bosporus, im Kaukasus, auf dem Balkan und in Griechenland ringen, den Niedergang des osmanischen Reiches und den sich daraus ableitenden K [...]

    25. A monster of a book. Took me most of the month of April to read it but worth the effort. The Crimean War loomed as large in the minds of the Victorians as the First World War does today and yet what we know of it can be boiled to primary school kid projects on courageous nurses, that poem (Tennyson laid it on a bit thick apparently) and the names of a few pubs (The Alma, The Inkerman). It was a war of religious fanaticism, a war spurred on by Russophobia, a war that was encouraged for the first [...]

    26. A quite excellent military, social, political and cultural history of the Crimean war rolled into one. Packed with detail and anecdote, without becoming too enormous, and very engagingly written. Details of the military debacle are fascinating; Lord Raglan was clearly a geriatric imbecile (curious to note a pub called The Lord Raglan opposite Postman’s Park in London). However, it’s the cultural and social history that really makes this book. The interaction of the media and public opinion i [...]

    27. A well writen book that left me with the impression that the author really wanted to write a book about religious conflict in southeastern Europe during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Professor Figes did include a detailed (and excellent) account of the Crimean War itself, but he did as part of a broader narrative that went from the 1815 Congress of Vienna to the First World War. I appreciate historical context, but I thought Professor Figes went a little overboard. On the plus side, the ac [...]

    28. well-researched professional work; sole weakness was that compared to great WW2 histories where we learn the names of individual divisions/commanders, the Crimean War was a more chaotic, less organized affair and so the story becomes more about generalities (viz 'the minie gun' vs the 'musket') rather than pure tactics / personagesofessional work. really should give it the fourth star, but probably I'm trying to game the recommendations from the GR alg

    29. This is a great history of one of the more over-looked wars of the mid-19th century. Figes does an excellent job of detailing the causes for the war as well as the long-term effect the war had on each of the main participants. This book is especially relevant given the recent situation in the Crimea between Russia and Ukraine. It is well worth the read for anyone interested in history.

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