A Short History of the Crimean War by Trudi TateA Short History of the Crimean War by Trudi Tate

A Short History of the Crimean War

byTrudi Tate

Paperback | February 28, 2019

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The Crimean War (1853-1856) was the first modern war. A vicious struggle between imperial Russia and an alliance of the British, French, and Ottoman Empires, it was the first conflict to be reported first-hand in newspapers, painted by official war artists, recorded by telegraph, and photographed by camera.

In her new short history, Trudi Tate discusses the ways in which this novel representation itself became part of the modern "war machine." She tells forgotten stories about the war experience of individual soldiers and civilians, including journalists, nurses, doctors, war tourists, and other witnesses.

At the same time, the war was a retrograde one, fought with the mentality, and some of the equipment, of Napoleonic times. Tate argues that the Crimean War was both modern and old-fashioned, looking backwards and forwards, and generating optimism and despair among those who lived through it. She explores this paradox while giving full coverage to the bloody battles (Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman), the siege of Sebastopol, the much-derided strategies of the commanders, conditions in the field, and the political impact of the anti-Russian alliance.

In its skilful interweaving of military, medical, and social history, this book offers a fresh and intriguing look at one of the most fascinating conflicts of modern times.

Trudi Tate is an affiliated lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge, UK and a fellow of Clare Hall. She has written and broadcast about Crimea and the Charge of the Light Brigade and is also the author of Modernism, History and the First World War (1998).
Title:A Short History of the Crimean WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 28, 2019Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1848858612

ISBN - 13:9781848858619

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Misnamed War
Introduction: Why the Crimean War matters. The First Modern War
1. Background and Outbreak of War
2. Departure for the Crimea. The Land war: Alma and Inkermann 
3. The Charge of the Light Brigade and Cultural Memory
4. The Siege of Sevastopol from Within and Without
5. Sevastopol: the Fallen City 
6. The Baltic Campaign
7. The Peace Settlement. The Persistence of Memory