The Crimean War
The Truth Behind the Myth
By (author) Clive Ponting
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Crimean War by Clive Ponting
Book Description"The Crimean War" is full of resonance - not least, the Charge of the Light Brigade, the Siege of Sevastopol and Florence Nightingale at Scutari with her lamp. In this fascinating book, Clive Ponting separates the myths from the reality, and tells the true story of the heroism of the ordinary soldiers, often through eye-witness accounts of the men who fought and those who survived the terrible winter of 1854-55. To contemporaries, it was 'The Great War with Russia' - fought not only in the Black Sea and the Crimea but in the Baltic, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Caucasus. Ironically, Britain's allies were France, her traditional enemy, ably commanded (from home) by Napoleon III himself, and the Muslim Ottoman Empire, widely seen as an infidel corrupt power. It was the first of the 'modern' wars, using rifles, artillery, trench systems, steam battleships, telegraph and railways; yet the British soldiers wore their old highly coloured uniforms and took part in their last cavalry charge in Europe. There were over 650,000 casualties. Britain was unable fully to deploy her greatest strength, her Navy, while her Army was led by incompetent aristocrats. The views of ordinary soldiers about Raglan, Cardigan and Lucan make painful reading.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712636537
(197mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Clive Ponting
New Green History of the World, Paperback (May 2007)
Studies the relationship between the environment and human history. This book examines world civilizations from Sumeria to ancient Egypt, from Easter Island to the Roman Empire and it argues that human beings have repeatedly built societies that have grown and prospered by exploiting the Earth's resources.
Gunpowder, Paperback (November 2006)
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Thirteen Days, Paperback (June 2003)
Diplomatic history - of 13 July 1914 to Tuesday 4 August - with a narrative of mounting tension and containing much orginal research and analysis.
World History, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Clive Ponting
Starting from the assumption that the human story has to be seen in the round, this history examines the evolution of humans, their lives as hunters and gatherers and their eventual adoption of agriculture, before looking at the emergence of civilization across the globe.
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Author Biography - Clive Ponting
Clive Ponting is a Reader in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Wales, Swansea. His Green History of the World was an international bestseller, and his revisionist biography of Churchill raised a storm of controversy. He is the author of Armageddon, an analysis of the Second World War, The Pimlico History of the Twentieth Century, World History: A New Perspective and Thirteen Days: The Road to the First World War.
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