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The Crimean War

Europe's Conflict with Russia



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A newly updated edition of a classic from a well-known and -respected author. The Crimean War was the most destructive conflict of Queen Victoria's reign, the outcome of which was indecisive; most historians regard it as an irrelevant and unnecessary conflict despite its fame for Florence Nightingale and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Here Hugh Small shows how the history of the Crimean War has been manipulated to conceal Britain's and Europe's failure. The war governments and early historians combined to withhold the truth from an already disappointed nation in a deception that lasted over a century. Accounts of battles, still widely believed, gave fictitious leadership roles to senior officers. Careful analysis of the fighting shows that most of Britain's military successes in the war were achieved by the common soldiers, who understood tactics far better than the officer class and who acted usually without orders and often in contravention of them. Hugh Small's mixture of politics and battlefield narrative identifies a turning point in history, and raises disturbing questions about the utility of war. AUTHOR: Hugh Small is an acknowledged expert on the war in the Crimea and has appeared on Channel 4 News, BBC2, Sky News and contributed to History Today on the subject. He has also written Florence Nightingale: Avenging Angel, due to be reissued by Robinson in summer 2017. 40 b/w illustrations

Product code: 9780750985871

ISBN 9780750985871
Publisher The History Press Ltd
No. Of Pages 240
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
Edition New edition
A newly updated edition of a classic from a well-known and -respected author