Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814

Penguin UK, 1 Οκτ 2009 - 656 σελίδες

'A compulsive page-turner ... a triumph of brilliant storytelling ... an instant classic that is an awesome, remarkable and exuberant achievement' Simon Sebag Montefiore

Winner of the Wolfson History Prize and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize

In the summer of 1812 Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins, and Russia had triumphed. This is the first history to explore in depth Russia's crucial role in the Napoleonic Wars, re-creating the epic battle between two empires as never before.

Dominic Lieven writes with great panache and insight to describe from the Russians' viewpoint how they went from retreat, defeat and the burning of Moscow to becoming the new liberators of Europe; the consequences of which could not have been more important.

Ultimately this book shows, memorably and brilliantly, Russia embarking on its strange, central role in Europe's existence, as both threat and protector - a role that continues, in all its complexity, into our own lifetimes.


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It is a common misconception, popularized by nationalist sentiments and even Tolstoy himself, that the Russian army was not responsible as it truly was for the defeat of Napoleon in the East. General ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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a great book that I enjoyed from start to finish. A few more maps may have been useful to explain the more detailed passgages but otherwise a fantastic read. Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής


List of Illustrations List of Maps Acknowledgements
A Note on the Text
Russia as a Great Power
The RussoFrench Alliance
Preparing for
The Retreat
Borodino and the Fall of Moscow
The Spring Campaign
Rebuilding the Army
Europes Fate in the Balance
The Battle of Leipzig
The Invasion of France
The Fall of Napoleon

The Home Front in 1812
The Advance from Moscow

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Dominic Lieven is a Senior Research Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His book Russia Against Napoleon (Penguin) won the Wolfson Prize for History and the Prize of the Fondation Napoleon for the best foreign work on the Napoleonic era.

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