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MIKABERIDZE Alexander, VON KOTZEBUE Moritz, Russian Prisoner of War Among the French (Russian Voices of the Napoleonic Wars)

<i>© Alexander Mikaberidze</i>

© 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 about his new project in an interview that can be read here.  
The books can be purchased via (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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