Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814De (autor) Dominic Lieven
en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – December 2016
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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Ursoi Geannini a dat nota:
This book details the years 1812-14 when France battled Russia once again after several unsuccessful campaigns by Russia in 1805 and 1807. I knew little about the Russian effort when I started reading, except for the famous 1812 campaign. That campaign comprises a small part of this book because the author spends much more time developing an understanding of how the Russians turned things around in the intervening years. He also concentrates on the uniting of Prussian, Austrian and Russian forces, which fought France in 1813-4.
Radically alters our assumptions about how Napoleon was beaten
(He creates) an historic canvas that is both overwhelming and meticulous ... he inevitably touches the nerve points of modern power politics.
A compulsive read. This master storyteller and scholar has written an instant classic that is awesome, remarkable and exuberant.
An essential reference ... the Princess would have approved.
(An) erudite, monumental piece of historial research ... it's a great tale with a clear argument, baked by an impressive array of sources and detail.
A superbly crafted book
A lucid and detailed account