The Crimean War

The Crimean War : British Grand Strategy Against Russia, 1853-56

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This detailed study of British strategy during the Crimean War, from the Eastern crisis of March 1853 to the Treaty of Paris in May 1856, adopts a maritime perspective. It uses fresh archive material to focus on the fact that the Crimean invasion was solely in order to destroy the Russian fleet and base, not to capture territory. The pivotal role of the British Navy is examined, as well as the manner in which the British fleet, threatening St Petersburg in 1855, forced Russia to accept the allied terms. The text will be of interest to students and historians of strategy, diplomacy and 19th-century war and politics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 25.4mm
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, bibliography
  • 0719035643
  • 9780719035647

Table of contents

Great Britain and Russia 1815-53; the crisis in the East; national strategy and naval policy; the strategic balance; Sinope; preparing for war; war aims and strategy; the Danube front; the grand raid; the siege; the Russian response; the Baltic campaign; Bomarsund; politics and strategy; the Black Sea theatre, January - April 1855; Kertch; the turning point; after Sebastopol; return to the Baltic; Sweaborg; the limits of power; the Great Armament; a limited peace; British strategy and the war.
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