A gripping narrative history of the Crimean War, a conflict which combined aspects of the modern (photography, frontline newspaper coverage) and the traditional (illiterate soldiers, amateur officers and huge casualties caused by disease). Using rare or unknown memoirs, letters and diaries from all sides, Figes creates a remarkable picture of a significant conflict.
Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Peasant Russia, Civil War, A People's Tragedy, Natasha's Dance, The Whisperers and Just Send Me Word. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.