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By Dominic Lieven

ISBN-10: 0143118862

ISBN-13: 9780143118862

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Starred evaluate. Lieven, professor of heritage on the London university 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 a type of drawn-out crusade the French method was once least in a position to salary. Russia's armies outfought Napoleon's, thank you in reliable half to the braveness, persistence, and loyalty of squaddies led via officials whose significant virtues have been honor and braveness. Russian staffs and directors stored the troops provided regardless of the lengthy and lengthening distances among bases and theaters of operations. And coordinating the hassle was once Tsar Alexander II, whose braveness, ability, and intelligenceheld jointly the ultimate alliance opposed to Napoleon the entire means from Moscow to Paris. Lieven weaves those threads including aptitude and gives 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 struggle used to be visible via Europeans a certainly one of liberation from Napoleon's exactions and targets. whereas controversial, neither element should be brushed off. Illus., maps. (Apr. 19)
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Dominic Lieven is professor of Russian historical past on the London institution of Economics. His earlier books comprise 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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Its core was the Russian land, people and nobility but these did not yet constitute a nation and could never entirely do so as long as the dynastic empire existed. The Russian Empire won the war of 1812–14 but the myths which have subsequently lived in Russian memory have above all been ethno-national ones. 20 A key aim of this book is to get back beyond the Russian myths to the realities of the Russian war effort in 1812–14. I am above all interested in establishing how and why Russia overcame the enormous challenge presented by Napoleon in these years.

This includes the day-to-day perceptions of ordinary people in this era. It includes, too, important details such as the firing locks and cartridge paper which contributed to the unreliability of Russian musketry. Here, too, for example, one finds discussion of the events of the afternoon of 21 May 1813, when Marshal Michel Ney’s mistakes robbed Napoleon of decisive victory in the battle of Bautzen and probably thereby denied him the chance to decide the 1813 campaign and keep Austria out of the war.

The final crucial reason for not forgetting 1813–14 is that the history of 1812 makes no sense without it. Alexander and his war minister, Mikhail Barclay de Tolly, planned before 1812 for a war which would last two years at a minimum and probably longer. They made their plans partly on the basis of excellent intelligence about Napoleon’s intentions and about the strengths and weaknesses not just of his army but also of his regime. From the start, their plan was to wear down Napoleon by a defensive campaign in Russia, and then to pursue the defeated enemy back over the frontier and raise a European insurrection against him.

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