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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"Wellington's momentous victory over Napoleon was the culminating point of a brilliant military career. Yet Wellington's achievements were far from over: he commanded the allied army of occupation in France to the end of 1818, returned home to a seat in Lord Liverpool's cabinet, and became prime minister in 1828. He later served as a senior minister in Peel's government and remained Commander-in-Chief of the Army for a decade until his death in 1852.
In this richly detailed work, the second and concluding volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, the author offers a substantial reassessment of Wellington's significance as a politician and a nuanced view of the private man behind the legend of the selfless hero. Muir presents new insights into Wellington's determination to keep peace at home and abroad, achieved by maintaining good relations with the Continental powers and resisting radical agitation while granting political equality to the Catholics in Ireland rather than risk civil war. And countering one-dimensional pictures of Wellington as a national hero, Muir paints a portrait of a well-rounded man whose austere demeanor on the public stage belied his entertaining, gossipy, generous, and unpretentious private self.
Rory Muir is visiting research fellow, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide. He is the author of several previous books related to Wellington's career, including the first volume of this two-volume set, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769–1814. He lives in Australia".
The accompanying Commentary of Rory Muir's two-volume biography of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington has been made available by Yale University Press to read online or as a free download on the website of the biography here. The Commentary, originally written by Rory Muir for his own use, is the extended text from the first volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769-1814.
Place and publisher: Newhaven and London, Yale University Press
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 728
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