Royle, Trevor.


1st ed., 1999. Xi + 564 pp., photo & other plates + plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The Crimean War was a conflict in which Britain and France went to the aid of the Ottoman Empire to protect it from Russian territorial claims. It encompassed human suffering, woeful leadership and misadministration on a grand scale. It created a heroic myth out of the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade and produced one of history's greatest heroines in Florence Nightingale. It was the first war to be covered by the press and it pointed the way to what mass warfare would be like for soldiers in the twentieth century. New weapons were introduced and trench combat became a fact of daily warfare outside Sevastopol ; underwater mines were deployed at sea and medical innovations saved countless lives. It was also a global war fought not just in the Crimea but also in the Baltic and Pacific. It set in train the succession of European wars which dominated the rest of the century. Based on the diplomatic and military despatches of the period, many of them previously unseen, this is the first complete account of a war that helped to shape the modern world.

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