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Crimea by Orlando Figes
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Jul 29, 2011

it was amazing
Read from July 29 to September 04, 2011

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 is fascinating. Also the friction between The Times and the generals; this was the first war where correspondents were sent and reported on what they actually saw. Also highlighted are the religious dimensions of the conflict between catholics, protestants, orthodox and Muslim.

A very fine account of a sometimes forgotten and surprisingly bloody war; 750,000 soldiers killed on all sides.

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