The Crimean War: Queen Victoria's War with the Russian Tsars

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In the winter of 1854, Britain, France, and Turkey, with Europe-wide support, invaded Russia and besieged the fortress of Sebastopol in the Crimea. It was the most destructive conflict of the century, with total fatalities comparable to those of the American Civil War. Hugh Small, whose biography of Florence Nightingale first exposed the truth about her wartime hospital, now shows how the history of the Crimean War was manipulated to conceal Britain’s – and Europe’s – failure. Only since the collapse of the Soviet Union has it become clear how much was at stake in the Crimea. The failure of Britain’s politicians to control their generals led to the collapse of the peacekeeping arrangements of the ‘Concert of Europe’ – a sort of early UN Security Council. Russian expansion continued unchecked, leading to the divisions seen today in the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Small is equally revealing about the battles. His carefully-researched account of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade overturns the standard account that it was a blunder by senior officers. It was the ordinary cavalrymen who insisted on it – as the Commander-in-Chief admitted in Parliament at the time.

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This book is a revisionist narrative account of the Crimean War (1854-56). It begins by claiming that after the Crimean War the British Government kept secret the real objectives of the War and the reasons for its failure. Documents revealing the truth were released without publicity over fifty years later, by which time historians had fabricated a false account which is still widely believed today. This false history minimised the importance of the War, ascribed its outbreak to mistakes by discredited politicians, and reassured Victorian public opinion that Britain had not suffered from the indecisive outcome. There has been little interest in the Crimean War from modern academic historians; they may have been put off by the early portrayal of the war as a historically irrelevant mistake. The author believes this is why much original source material has not been consulted since it became available in the early 1900s.

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THE AUTHORHugh Small is the author of Florence Nightingale, Avenging Angel. He is an acknowledged expert on the war in the Crimea and has appeared on Channel 4 News, BBC2, Sky News and contributed to History Today on the subject. He lives in Central London.

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