Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. On 7 September at Borodino, 75 miles west of Moscow, the armies of the Russian and French empires clashed in one of the climactic battles of the Napoleonic Wars. This horrific - and controversial - contest has fascinated historians ever since. The survival of the Russian army after Borodino was a key factor in Napoleon's eventual defeat and the utter destruction of the On 7 September at Borodino, 75 miles west of Moscow, the armies of the Russian and French empires clashed in one of the climactic battles of the Napoleonic Wars.
The survival of the Russian army after Borodino was a key factor in Napoleon's eventual defeat and the utter destruction of the French army of In this thought-provoking new study, Napoleonic historian Alexander Mikaberidze reconsiders the campaign and retells the terrible story of the Borodino battle as it was seen from the Russian point of view. His original and painstakingly researched investigation of this critical episode in Napoleon's invasion of Russia provides the reader with a fresh perspective on the battle and a broader understanding of the underlying reasons for the eventual Russian triumph.
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The truth is that they were brave, and also Napoleons greatest foe and the ones responsible for his eventual defeat. Alexander Mikaberidze writes the best book thus far written on the Battle of Borodino largely because he writes it from the Russian perspective. Alexander himself is a Georgian and his command of the Russian language gives him the requisite skill set to research Russian archives and to produce a far more balanced story of possibly one of the greatest battles in history.
The story of this climactic battle goes back to the winter of when Russia intervened on behalf of the Prussians who had been crushed with ease by the French forces under Napoleon.
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The following campaign took place in Poland and it was bloody, and fierce and made more severe by the harsh winter weather. At the Battle of Eylau in February of the Russians delivered Napoleons first battlefield defeat, forever tarnishing his army's aura of invincibility. However, in the spring, Napoleon rebounded and trapped Bennigsen's army with their backs to a river at the city of Friedland.
Normally this is where a Military Historian would deliver a pithy comment about Sun Tzu and how by putting your army in death ground they will fight. However this strategy rarely seems to work other than for Sun Tzu. Lee delivered a tactical defeat to the Union forces there and even managed to retreat unmolested mostly back to Virginia. However there is where the similarities end: Bennigsen was no Lee and Napoleon was sure as hell no McClellan. As a rule of thumb, if your enemy maneuvers you into death ground please bear in mind that generally he intends to kill you there.
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And at Friedland La Grande Armee killed a very large number of Russian soldiers, smashed their army and won one of Napoleon's most decisive victories. This alliance though was fraught with problems from the get go. First of all Napoleon, one of the most ardent romanticists in history one reason why it's so easy to admire him was looking for a replacement for the less than faithful Josephine as if Napoleon was himself a paragon of sexual virtue.
The man could make most rappers and rockers look abstinent. Marriage was far more than just two souls falling in love and wishing to spend eternity together all others be damned as awesome as that is ; in this context marriage was also a political tool. He swept off in his sleigh, wrapped in furs. He had entered Russia with more than , men.
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The total losses during the six-month campaign, including Russian civilian deaths, probably amounted to one million. How are the mighty fallen. And how many they bring down with them.
When I visited in May, the visitor centre at Borodino was closed for restoration and due to reopen for the th anniversary. As well as the key battlefield sights, visitors can see the museum to Tolstoy and War and Peace — a former guesthouse by the Tuchkov monastery where he stayed in, when researching the novel. It holds some of his manuscripts, notes, cannon balls, musket shot and other memorabilia of the battle and the novel.
The easiest way to get to the battlefield is to take a private guided tour by car from Moscow. Much of the Moscow that Napoleon would have recognised had burned down within days of his arrival. He lodged himself in the Kremlin, one of the key sights of the city see our Expert Guide to Moscow at telegraph. The recently restored Borodino Panorama, which first went on show in , is a rather old-fashioned but surprisingly effective degree painting that portrays the scene in the middle of the battle as though the viewer is standing on the Raevsky Redoubt.
Once you get your bearings, you can start to pick out the Russian and French positions, and Napoleon himself mounted on a white charger.
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There are also displays of paintings, uniforms and other artefacts from the battle. Leo Tolstoy was a wealthy aristocrat with his own large estates, and you can visit his country home Yasnaya Polyana ypmuseum. His own town house, at Ul Lva Tolstogo 21 Park Kultury metro , was relatively modest and is one of the few surviving wooden houses in the city. It was built in , but Tolstoy bought it in and lived there for 19 winters with his family of eight children. It has a peaceful woodland garden. Aficionados of War and Peace might be interested in the grand 18th-century residence now known as the House of Writers and not open to the public at 52 Povarskaya Street, just north of Arbat, which was the model for the Rostov mansion in War and Peace.
After the crash in his family fortunes, Nikolai Rostov moved to a much smaller house, which Tolstoy based on the little single-storey building nearby at 34 Sivtsev Vrazhek Pereulok, where he himself had lived briefly in There is a small plaque on the wall in commemoration. For a taste of the sort of pre-revolutionary grandeur that was enjoyed by Tolstoy, visit the dining room at the year-old Hotel National the Restaurant Moskovsky, national.
More recent and even more impressive is the lavish restoration of the dazzling interiors of the Bolshoi theatre. More information about this seller Contact this seller. Alexander Mikaberidze. This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title On 7 September at Borodino, 75 miles west of Moscow, the armies of the Russian and French empires clashed in one of the climactic battles of the Napoleonic Wars.
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