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MIKABERIDZE Alexander, Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1812


<i>© Frontline Books</i>

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Russia played a decisive role in the Napoleonic wars and the success in the struggle against France allowed Russian leaders to shape the course of European history. Over the last 200 years, the Napoleonic era has been discussed and analyzed in numerous studies, but many fail to fully portray the Russian side of the events due to the relative scarcity of Russian sources in English. Only a handful of Russian memoirs (such as those of Alexey Yermolov, Nadezhda Durova, Denis Davydov and Eduard Lowernstern) have been translated into English; dozens still remain unknown outside Russia. This book seeks to fill this gap by providing, in English, previously unavailable memoirs of Russian participants. Each chapter deals with an important episode of the 1812 campaign and features dozens of memoirs, letters and diaries. These documents show the other side of the proverbial coin, providing an insight into Russian leadership, how and why decisions were made and what a common Russian soldier experienced as he slowly progressed towards victory.
 
The book also features a foreword from John H. Gill.
 
In March 2012, the author, Alexander Mikaberidze, spoke to napoleon.org about his project to translate previously unavailable Russian period accounts and primary sources.

Place and publisher: London: Frontline Books

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 288



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This book provides new insights into the history of Italy's long Risorgimento, by tracing the entanglements of the Mazzinian "international". This informal group of men and women crossed the boundary of the Channel and the boundary of class to speak a common language and share a radical ideal: Giuseppe Mazzini's vision of a unified, republican Italy. Published in the radical press, the exile's writings on democracy, education, association and citizenship inspired both Oxford social reformers and self-improving artisans gathering in provincial reading rooms, co-operative societies, republican clubs and educational institutes: for them republican Italy became a transnational dream. Indeed, when Italy was unified under a constitutional monarch in 1861, British Mazzinians were bitterly disappointed. Setting off for Italy on their first "co-operative tour" in 1888, East London workers embarked on an educational pilgrimage, dotted with Mazzinian landmarks. Despite the fin de siècle crisis, Victorian radicals' enduring faith in Italy's democratic future remained steadfast. Indeed, when Fascists subsequently appropriated Mazzini's national dream, post-Victorian Mazzinians would unequivocally voice their support for Italian anti-Fascists, who championed the principles of global democracy. Drawing on a wide range of material, the author adds a crucial new dimension to the history of Victorian radicalism in Britain, and to the "new history of the Risorgimento".
 
Marcella Pellegrino Sutcliffe is a Research Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.


Place and publisher: London: Royal Historical Society

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 200


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