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The Crimean War by Orlando Figes
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Jun 27, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: military-history, russian-history, british-history

A beautifully written and comprehensive account of Europe's biggest war post-Napoleon and before the German Wars of unification. Figes, who is primarily a cultural historian, gives the proper weight to the non-British participants in the war, something not usually accomplished by English-language authors. He also breaks down some of the hoarier myths - Florence Nightingale, the Gallant 600, etc. The Crimean War had vast unseen repercussions, and Figes explains carefully how they came about. There is also a chapter on how the war came to be memorialized by the combatants (if at all) and how it reverberated through history. For all those with an interest in 19th century European history and culture.

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