MIKABERIDZE Alexander, YERMOLOV Alexey,
Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars (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.
Yermolov's memoirs form the third volume in the "Russian Voices" series. General Alexey Yermolov is considered a Russian hero, a proud nationalist and patriot whose account offers details of his childhood, early career, and the service during the 1812 campaign. Although criticised for his often brutal practices whilst serving in Chechnya, he was to prove a professional and highly successful officer.
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: 261
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In the second half of the nineteenth century, state and municipal governments oversaw the explosive growth of public parks, squares, and gardens throughout the city of Paris. In Planning the Greenspaces of Nineteenth-Century Paris, Richard S. Hopkins skillfully weaves together social and cultural history to argue that the expansion of these greenspaces served as more than simple urban embellishment. Rather, they provided an essential component of the Second Empire's efforts to transform and revitalize France's capital city, and their development continued well into the Third Republic.
Hopkins brings a new dimension to the study of nineteenth-century Parisian urbanism by considering the parks and squares of Paris from multiple perspectives: the reformers who advocated for them, the planners who constructed them, the workers who maintained them, and the neighborhood residents who used them. As public areas over which private citizens felt a high degree of ownership, these spaces offered a unique opportunity for collaboration between city officials and residents. Hopkins examines the national and municipal goals for the greenspaces, their intended contributions to public health, and the roles of park service employees and neighborhood groups in their ongoing centrality to Parisian life.
Hopkins's study moves deftly from the aspirations of the political authorities to the ways in which new public spaces contributed to community-building and neighborhood identity. Drawing on extensive archival research, he depicts a greenspace design and development process that illustrates the dynamic relationship between citizens and city.
Place and publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 240
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