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Lan than most but neither is he breaking any ground Ponting is commendable though on three points 1 emphasizing France s role in the conflict 2 analyzing the war s is commendable though on three points 1 emphasizing France s role in the conflict 2 analyzing the war s theaters and 3 framing the war s diplomatic and political context Not as detailed as Trevor Royle or Orlando but a solid diplomatic and political context Not as detailed as Trevor Royle or Orlando Figes but solid account Better coverage of the non British participants in the war than most English language accounts Best uote Once the preliminaries of peace were signed at the beginning of February 1856 the belligerents agreed that they all disliked the Austrians than each other. Nch systems steam battleships telegraph and railways; et the British soldiers wore their old highly coloured uniforms and took part in their last cavalry charge in Europe There were over 650000 casualtiesBritain 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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O this particular war It provides a good general introduction to anyone in the same boat as me Whilst I thought the battlefield commentary lacked this is not the type of book that goes into depth of orders of battle troop dispositions etc it did provide good insight into the politics people and logistics of this first truly modern war Ponting a Foreign Office official turned historical gadfly turns his jaundiced eye towards the Crimean War Despite the title his book doesn t exactly overturn the historical record True Ponting s critical of Florence Nightingale and Lord Rag. To contemporaries it was 'The Great War with Russia' fought not only in the Black Sea War with Russia' fought not only in the Black Sea 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 tre. .
Good book for the debunking of myths and its worth getting for the eyewitness reports which are its strongpoint A worthwhile book on an overlooked period I pretty good introduction to a war I had pretty much know nothing about with the exception of the Charge of the Light Brigade see and Florence Nightingale The book illustrates the Incompetence And Indifference That Was and indifference that was in every aspect of the war It also shows how Victorian ideology was the main reason for this debacle I recently decided to read about the Crimean War and this book was my first major foray int. 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. ,
The Crimean War The Truth Behind the Myth

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