- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Spellmount (1 Dec. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862274789
- ISBN-13: 978-1862274785
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,984,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
War in the Crimea: An Illustrated History Hardcover – 1 Dec 2008
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About the Author
Ian Fletcher is the author of numerous titles, including "In Hell Before Daylight," and is the co-author of "The Crimean War: A Clash of Empires." He has worked on the BBC's Decisive Weapons series and Channel 4's series on Revolutionary Armies. Natalia Ishchenko is assistant professor at the Vernardskly University in the Crimea. She has written over 40 publications in literary, historical, and cultural studies, and is co-author of "The Crimean War: A Clash of Empires." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Whilst I presume this book is designed to draw me in and enourage me to book a tour asap with Mr Ian Fletcher, I find myself put off the entire subject of the Crimea War! You do not even need to open the book to see how misleading it is - the front cover gives the impression that the book contains alot of illustrations (which it does but small and almost irrelevant ones) and all in colour (whereas in fact almost all are in black and white).
If Mr Fletcher took himself a little less seriously, and injected a little more original thought and research into his history lessons, he might, just might, produce a book worth reading. Until then, I give up on this self promoting author.
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This war was the first where photography was used, albeit on a rather limited scale and never as Brady did in the Civil War to show battlefields and conditions immediately after battles. The authors also supplemented contemporaneous illustrations with photos from 1904 while the area was still essentially the same as the mid-19th century. The reader is fortunate to see those photos, as the area was heavily fought over in World War II and many of the features and monuments have been destroyed.
Many of the illustrations focus on the conditions in which the actions were fought -- and both armies suffered incredible hardships. That the Allies leadership was not up to commanding an expeditionary force under these conditions goes without saying, but the Russians, who should have been better equiped for conditions in their own land actually suffered more. And their leadership was even worse than that of the Allies.
As a transitional war between the Napoleonic conflicts of 1797-1815 and the modern war of 1862-1870, the Crimean War should be of more interest to military historians than it is. Trench warfare made its first appearance to ward off the effects of accurate and modern weapons, although this lesson had to be learned again in the American Civil War. Medical services took on a much greater role, and proper nursing of the sick and wounded was attempted.
The authors tell the story from both the Russian and Allied side, and the treatment is very even-handed. The photographs and illustrations do an excellent job of presenting the conflict, supplemented by the narrative.
All in all, this is a valuable, if non-scholarly work. It does not go greatly into detail on any military action or issue, as it is intended to give the reader a grasp of the overall conflict rather than details of interest only to the specialist. I recommend it to everyone interested in the Crimean War.