Yalta 1945 | The Crimean War | The Arming of Europe and the Making of the First World War | Perpetrators Victims Bystanders | Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse? | The Russian Revolution | Chamberlain and Appeasement | To Hell and Back | The Pursuit of Power
The Crimean War, one of history's most compelling subjects, encompassed human suffering, woeful leadership and misadministration on a grand scale. It created a heroic myth out of the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade and, in Florence Nightingale, it produced one of history's great heroes. The war was a watershed in world history and pointed the way to what mass warfare would be like in the twentieth century. New weapons were introduced; trench combat became a fact of daily warfare outside Sebastopol; medical innovation saved countless soldiers' lives that would otherwise have been lost. Ultimately, by failing to solve the Eastern Question, the war paved the way for the greater conflagration which broke out in 1914 and greatly prefigured the current situation in Eastern Europe.
About: A definitive history of the Crimean War includes coverage of the Charge of the Light Brigade and Florence Nightingale, and identifies a link between its developments and twentieth-century mass warfare as well as the current affairs of Eastern Europe.
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