Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814

Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814


By (author) Dominic Lieven

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 235mm x 30mm | 667g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141009357
  • ISBN 13: 9780141009353
  • Sales rank: 103,431

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In the summer of 1812 Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins, and Russia had triumphed. This is the first history to explore in depth Russia's crucial role in the Napoleonic Wars, re-creating the epic battle between two empires as never before. Dominic Lieven writes with great panache and insight to describe from the Russians' viewpoint how they went from retreat, defeat and the burning of Moscow to becoming the new liberators of Europe; the consequences of which could not have been more important. Ultimately this book shows, memorably and brilliantly, Russia embarking on its strange, central role in Europe's existence, as both threat and protector - a role that continues, in all its complexity, into our own lifetimes.

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Author information

Dominic Lieven has spent many years studying Imperial Russia and is the author of the highly praised Empire: The Russian Empire and Its Rivals. Russia Against Napoleon won the Wolfson History Prize 2009. He is Professor of Russian Government at the London School of Economics. He lives in London.

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Winner of the 2009 Wolfson Prize for History and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize various A compulsive page-turner ... a triumph of brilliant storytelling ... an instant classic that is an awesome, remarkable and exuberant achievement -- Simon Sebag Montefiore Evening Standard Radically alters our assumptions about how Napoleon was beaten -- Andrew Roberts Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year (He creates) an historic canvas that is both overwhelming and meticulous ... he inevitably touches the nerve points of modern power politics. The Economist A compulsive read. This master storyteller and scholar has written an instant classic that is awesome, remarkable and exuberant. -- Simon Sebag Montefiore The Scotsman An essential reference ... the Princess would have approved. The Spectator (An) erudite, monumental piece of historial research ... it's a great tale with a clear argument, baked by an impressive array of sources and detail. -- Charles Clover Financial Times A superbly crafted book -- Alexander M. Martin TLS A lucid and detailed account -- Geoffrey Hosking London Review of Books