This book reimagines this mid Victorian conflict that pitted Russia against a coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire and killed at least 800,000 men, as a religious war, the attempted fulfilment of Russia's destiny to rule all Orthodox Christians and control the Holy Land. It was both a modern conflict, the first to be photographed, the first to employ the telegraph, the first 'newspaper war', and a traditional one, with illiterate soldiers, amateur officers and huge casualities caused by disease.
Allen Lane Penguin, NZ, Auckland, 2010. Hardback with dust jacket. 575 pages. NEW