James, Lawrence.


1st ed., 1981. 200 pp., 85 photo-ills., 2 ills., e.p., maps. D.j., 28 x 22cm. A little wear to foot of d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. The Crimean War was the first war to be extensively recorded by photography, and as such it initiated the era of modern documentary war reporting that led ultimately to the nightly television reports from Vietnam. Photography was to bring the reality of war to the public at home, and from the Crimea onwards the romantic view of warfare was to decline. This book illuminates the experience of that war, using 85 photographs and commentary from contemporary letters and diaries. It also explains the background and causes of the war, and traces its course. The photographs are arranged in sections to show the leaders, the British Army, Britain’s allies, the battlefields, the weapons of war, and the supply bases and naval support without which the war could not have been fought. Providing a clear and vivid impression of a famous mid-nineteenth century war.

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