MIKABERIDZE Alexander, VON KOTZEBUE Moritz,
Russian Prisoner of War Among the French (Russian Voices of the Napoleonic Wars)
© Alexander Mikaberidze
From the publishers:
Russia played a decisive role in the Napoleonic Wars and their success in the struggle against Napoleonic France allowed Russian leaders to influence the course of European history. Yet Russian voices are oftentimes absent from the pages of historical accounts since a combination of political and ideological rivalries, linguistic difficulties and administrative hurdles created a substantial dearth of English translations of Russian narratives of the Napoleonic Wars. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Napoleonic Wars, the "Russian Voices of the Napoleonic Wars" series will gradually present previously unknown or unavailable Russian primary sources.
Volume four in the "Russian Voices" series, von Kotzebue's memoirs recount his two years spent in France as a prisoner of war. Taken captive near Polotsk during the summer months of the campaign, von Kotzebue, who served under Count Peter von Wittgenstein, visited Soissons and Paris and was imprisoned at Saint-Malo, before being released in 1814.
Six volumes are planned for release over the coming months. These memoirs are translated and edited by Alexander Mikaberidze, assistant professor of European history at Louisiana State University. He recently spoke to napoleon.org about his new project in an interview that can be read here.
The books can be purchased via Lulu.com (external link).
Volume I - Diaries of the 1812-1814 campaigns, by Pavel Pushin
Volume II - Campaign Memoirs of the Artilleryman - Part 1: 1812, by Ilya Radozhitskii
Volume III - Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars, by Alexey Yermolov
Volume IV - Russian Prisoner of War Among the French, by Moritz von Kotzebue
Place and publisher: Tbilisi: Napoleonic Society of Georgia
Date of publication: 2011
Number of pages: 135
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Description: This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Napoleon i Sztuka 1800 - 1815 (Napoleon and the Legend of the Arts), at the Zamek Krolewski (Warsaw) in 2015.
Place and publisher: Warsaw, Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Museum
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 200
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"This third book in the successful Shorncliffe Lecture Series sets out to put into context Moore's moral compass, principals and experiences that created his philosophy and internal discipline that was key to the “Shorncliffe System of Training.” Moore's own diary entries, letters, recollections of his family, friends, newspapers, contemporary drill manuals and those who served with him have been used. It also includes the less well known, Moore's Instructions to the Battalions of Irish Militia Light Infantry of 1798. The chronology shows the global reach of the British Army and the large number of theatres in which Sir John Moore served. There are over 90 mostly contemporary illustrations including 24 Maps and 20 portraits as well as 14 OOBs, 25 Tables. Volume 2, will explore Sir John Moore's expeditions to the Mediterranean, Sweden and the Peninsular (1806-09)".
Place and publisher: London, Ken Trotman
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 274
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