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The Crimean War: A History

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Good reading and very helpful

    As a history major in college I just never happened to cover this nice compact little war. The book was very helpful, and tied a lot of loose ends of history together that affect us all even now. It is a good job of story telling.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

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    Highly readable history

    History- even the history of a war- can come across as dry and rather dull unless it is written by an author with flair. Figes is such a writer and his history of the Crimean War is quite good. He manages to go beyond the myths of the careg of the Light Brigade or Florence Nightengale and tell the reall stories, but then goes on to show the things were really minor events as compared to the whole. Figes takes his time setting up the seeds of the conflict and even says in his intro that people looking to jump into the war itself will either need to skip several chapters or get another book. This was the first "modern" war. A war where the press had real access and didn't hesitate to discuss the brutality of it in the papers. And it was nice to get a Russian perspective (especially by a young Leo Tolstoy) that helped fill some gaps we don't usually see.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    Very interesting book for someone that is completely unaware of

    Very interesting book for someone that is completely unaware of the Crimean War as I was. All I know as the Charge and that was it. Now that I have a better understanding of the entire war, it was nothing more but a preview for World War I. Continued poor generals, preparations and tragic loss of life. It is a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Crimean and the relationship between the East and the West.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    A Great Book about Lesser Know Subject

    The Crimean War is a subject that is for the most part bushed over in History. Before this book I only heard of the Crimean War when reading about the events precedeing World War I and the European status quo. I love this book, the author did a wonderful job of telling the story of the Crimean War with all of its different aspects. The Book goes in pretty good detail of the events that lead to the war. Including Russia's Religious pretext for expanding south. It did a great job of explaining battles, the political implications, the technology of both sides. And the Effect of a free press in Britian. All in all a great book!

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    A very good read

    Like many, my acquaintance with the Crimean War was limited to the Charge of the Light Brigade and Florence Nightengale, so this book filled a gap for me. I was astounded to learn that there were more casualties in the Crimean War than there were in the American Civil War even though it lasted only half as long. Figes is much better on the political and diplomatic background to the war and its consequences than on the military campaigns but this is a very good read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in 19th century Europe.

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