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Crimea : the last crusade

Figes, Orlando2010
The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. It was a war for territory, provoked by fear that if the Ottoman Empire were to collapse then Russia could control a huge swathe of land from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf. But it was also a war of religion, driven by a fervent, populist and ever more ferocious belief by the Tsar and his ministers that it was Russia's task to rule all Orthodox Christians and control the Holy Land. Orlando Figes' major new book reimagines this extraordinary war, in which the stakes could not have been higher and which was fought with a terrible mixture of ferocity and incompetence.
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Crimea : the last crusade / Orlando Figes.
London : Allen Lane, 2010.
xxiii, 575 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographic references and index.
0713997044 (hbk)
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