Russia Against Napoleon by Dominic Lieven
The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace

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A major new history of the Russian conflict immortalized by Tolstoy in War and Peace

Russia's expulsion of Napoleon's Grande Armée in 1812 is considered one of the most dramatic events in European history. However, Tolstoyan myth and an imbalance of British and French interpretations have clouded most Westerners' understanding of Russia's role in the defeat of Napoleon.

Based on a fresh examination of Russian military archives, Russia Against Napoleon provides the first-ever history of the period told from the Russian perspective. In Dominic Lieven's account, Russia's victory in 1812 was just the beginning of what would be the longest military campaign in European history, marked by Russia's epic efforts to feed and supply half a million troops as they crossed an entire continent.

Moving from the 1807 treaty signed by Napoleon and Tsar Alexander I through the Russian army's improbable entry into Paris in 1814, Lieven provides suspenseful accounts of events, such as the burning of Moscow and the great battles of Leipzig and Borodino, as well as astute analyses of the great military strategists of the time. The result is a magisterial work sure to be eagerly anticipated by military and history buffs alike.
 

About Dominic Lieven

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DOMINIC LIEVEN is professor of Russian history at the London School of Economics. His previous books include Empire: The Russian Empire and Its Rivals and Nicholas II: Twilight of the Empire. Three of his direct ancestors were generals in the Battle of Leipzig. He lives in London.
 
Published April 15, 2010 by Penguin Books. 656 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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A history of the epic French invasion of Russia and Napoleon’s undoing, told from a distinctly Russian perspective.

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The New York Times

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Tolstoy had it wrong, a historian says — it took more than luck and snow to defeat Napoleon.

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BC Books

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Dominic Lieven's account of the defeat of Napoleon in Russia is meant to correct the popular myths in order to recover a truth that has for many decades remained obscured by myth, neglect and lack of access to source materials.

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As he notes, France itself—but also Russia's allies and even Russia's great nationalist writer, Leo Tolstoy— preferred to portray Russia's victory as the triumph of a hardy, resistant people and the vagaries of circumstance.

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For starters, be prepared to reconsider two things that you think you know about the French Emperor Napoleon - that he was a consistently brilliant military general who ranks as one of the foremost battlefield commanders in history, and that his most calamitous defeat, in his 1812 campaign in Rus...

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Dallas News

But just as much is given to the particulars of Russia's victory: to supply movements, to the history of Russian regimental loyalty and to "the greatest hero of the Russian war effort," the Russian horse.

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Open Letters Monthly

The traditional recipe of Napoleon Bonaparte’s war against Russia calls for several pounds of bone-chilling winter weather, some choice cuts of tactical incompetence (French and Russian varieties, depending on the season), and a pinch of imperial overreach – add serfs as needed.

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Seattle PI

Dominic Lieven's account of the defeat of Napoleon in Russia is meant to correct the popular myths in order to recover a a truth that has for many decades remained obscured by myth, neglect and lack of access to source materials.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In Dominic Lieven's account, Russia's victory in 1812 was just the beginning of what would be the longest military campaign in European history, marked by Russia's epic efforts to feed and supply half a million troops as they crossed an entire continent.

Moving from the 1807 treaty signed...

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BBC History Magazine

It brings genuinely new insights, eschewing the conventional concerns of British and French historiography to examine the Napoleonic Wars from a Russian perspective, through the eyes of Tsar Alexander I and his generals, through the experience of Russian officers and soldiers, and against the bac...

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An old woman refused entreaties to leave her burning house: dressed as though for her own funeral, she lit the lamps in front of her icons and calmly declared that the smoke would surely suffocate her before the flames could burn her alive.

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In 1814, the Russians unexpectedly invaded France in the winter, thereby denying Napoleon the time to raise a new army, and they succeeded in France where Napoleon had failed in Russia, by facilitating a coup to overthrow the enemy regime.

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