Sevastopol’s Wars

Author: Mungo Melvin CB OBE

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472822277

Category: History

Page: 432

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Founded by Catherine the Great, the maritime city of Sevastopol has been fought over for centuries. Crucial battles of the Crimean War were fought on the hills surrounding the city, and the memory of this stalwart defence inspired those who fruitlessly battled the Germans during World War II. Twice the city has faced complete obliteration yet twice it has risen, phoenix-like, from the ashes. In this groundbreaking volume, award-winning author Mungo Melvin explores how Sevastopol became the crucible of conflict over three major engagements – the Crimean War, the Russian Civil War and World War II – witnessing the death and destruction of countless armies yet creating the indomitable 'spirit of Sevastopol'. By weaving together first-hand interviews, detailed operational reports and battle analysis, Melvin creates a rich tapestry of history.

Having Survived Sevastopol

Author: Gennadiy Albul

Publisher: Covenant Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1640033017

Category: Fiction

Page: 388

View: 8706


The book is not meant to be a documentary story of WWII in Sevastopol. It is written from perspectives of real people's memories. The names of the major characters, Polly, Mary, Lucy, and Nikolay are real. Other names are sometimes alias and represent integrated characters, but most of the events are written almost word for word as it was spoken. It is absolutely amazing, as in the life of people, and by people lives the absolutely improbable chain of events that are rigidly connected with each other conduced to a certain mysterious purpose. This written history, in particular, narrates about itself, about the sequence of the events, which has led to its writing. Polly, whose husband had been killed in Russian revolutionary events, tried to escape and find a safe place to live with her children. She escaped from her past, but is it possible to escape from the future? She found shelter in Sevastopol, which was, is, and will be a vortex for dramatic, historical events involving most powerful persons of the planet. WWII started unexpectedly for both Polly and her daughter Mary on the same day it began for the Soviet Union. They went through the war from the beginning to the very end, witnessing stupidity, treachery, and the senselessness of bureaucrats of war from both the German and Russian side. They lived daily with the cruelty and horror of war. One thing they could not understand that God had been told to Polly in her prayers that they would survive to narrate the story of God's will realizing miraculously. God did not give them a second of respite. They participated in all of the events of the many month defense of Sevastopol, through all of the killing and capturing of the defenders. They had to work for the aggressors in order to survive. They appeared in the mid-battle in a time of the Soviet army return and came to see the Germans as just simple people, who did not want to fight, just wanted to survive the horrible situation that they could not control. Eventually, Mary became a manager of the German prisoners of war, who were working on the restoration of Sevastopol just as Germans forced them to work clearing ruins after the capturing of the city. History had repeated itself in the completely opposite way. Would it be so simple? It appeared to be just the next stage in history about Having Survived Sevastopol.

Victoria's Wars

Author: Saul David

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141904283

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 7794


In the early part of Queen Victoria's reign, the British Empire almost quintupled in size. It was well on the way to becoming the greatest empire the world had ever seen. This is the story of how it happened and the people who made it happen. In a fast-moving narrative that ranges from London to the harsh terrain of India, Russia and the Far East, Saul David shows how Britain ruthlessly exploited her position as the world's only superpower to expand her empire. Yet little of this territorial acquisition was planned or sanctioned by the home government. Instead it was largely the work of the men on the ground, and to those at home it really did seem that the empire was acquired in a 'fit of absence of mind'. Saul David creates a vivid portrait of life on the violent fringes of empire, and of the seemingly endless and brutal wars that were fought in the name of trade, civilization and the balance of power.

The War Within

Author: Alexis Peri

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674974395

Category: History

Page: 456

View: 6742


Winner of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Winner of the AATSEEL Book Prize Winner of the University of Southern California Book Prize Honorable Mention, Reginald Zelnik Book Prize “Stand aside, Homer. I doubt whether even the author of the Iliad could have matched Alexis Peri’s account of the 872-day siege which Leningrad endured.” —Jonathan Mirsky, The Spectator “Fascinating and perceptive.” —Antony Beevor, New York Review of Books “Powerful and illuminating...A fascinating, insightful, and nuanced work.” —Anna Reid, Times Literary Supplement “A sensitive, at times almost poetic examination.” —Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs In September 1941, two and a half months after the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, the German Wehrmacht encircled Leningrad. Cut off from the rest of Russia, the city remained blockaded for 872 days, at a cost of almost a million civilian lives. It was one of the longest and deadliest sieges in modern history. The War Within chronicles the Leningrad blockade from the perspective of those who endured it. Drawing on unpublished diaries written by men and women from all walks of life, Alexis Peri tells the tragic story of how young and old struggled to make sense of a world collapsing around them. When the blockade was lifted in 1944, Kremlin officials censored publications describing the ordeal and arrested many of Leningrad’s wartime leaders. Some were executed. Diaries—now dangerous to their authors—were concealed in homes, shelved in archives, and forgotten. The War Within recovers these lost accounts, shedding light on one of World War II’s darkest episodes while paying tribute the resilience of the human spirit.

The People's Wars

Author: Mark Hewitson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191056057

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 7204


How did ministers, journalists, academics, artists, and subjects in the German lands imagine war during the nineteenth century? The Napoleonic Wars had been the bloodiest in Europe's history, directly affecting millions of Germans, yet their long-term consequences on individuals and on 'politics' are still poorly understood. This study makes sense of contemporaries' memories and histories of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic campaigns within a much wider context of press reportage of wars elsewhere in Europe and overseas, debates about military service and the reform of Germany's armies, revolution and counter-revolution, and individuals' experiences of violence and death in their everyday lives. For the majority of the populations of the German states, wars during an era of conscription were not merely a matter of history and memory; rather, they concerned subjects' hopes, fears, and expectations of the future. This is the second volume of Mark Hewitson's study of the violence of war in the German lands during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It investigates the complex relationship between military conflicts and the violent acts of individual soldiers. In particular, it considers the contradictory impact of 'pacification' in civilian life and exposure to increasingly destructive technologies of killing during war-time. This contradiction reached its nineteenth-century apogee during the 'wars of unification', leaving an ambiguous imprint on post-war discussions of military conflict.

British Battles of the Crimean Wars 1854-1856

Author: John Grehan,Martin Mace

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1781593302

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 8173


The Crimean War was the most destructive armed conflict of the Victorian era. It is remembered for the unreasoning courage of the Charge of the Light Brigade, for the precise volleys of the Thin Red Line and the impossible assaults upon Sevastopol's Redan. It also demonstrated the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the British military system based on privilege and purchase.??Poor organisation at staff level and weak leadership from the Commander-in-Chief with a lack of appreciation of the conditions the troops would experience in the Crimea resulted in the needless death of thousands of soldiers. The Royal Navy, by comparison, was highly effective and successfully undertook its operations in the Baltic, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.??The relative performance of the two branches of Britain's armed forces is reflected in the despatches sent back to the UK by the?respective commanders. The comparative wealth of detail provided by Admirals Napier, Dundas and Lyons contrast sharply with the limited, though frequent, communications from Generals Raglan, Codrington and Simpson.??The despatches of all these commanding officers are presented in this compilation just as they were when first published in the 1850s. They tell of the great battles of the Alma, Balaklava and Inkerman, of the continuing struggle against Sevastopol and the naval operations which cut the Russian communications and ensured an eventual, if costly, victory. They can be read, just as they were when revealed to the general public more than 150 years ago.

Queen Victoria's Wars

Author: Stephen M. Miller

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108490123

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 4872


Offers a revised and updated history of thirteen of the most significant British conflicts during the Victorian period.

Ottoman Wars, 1700-1870

Author: Virginia Aksan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317884035

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 9837


The Ottoman Empire had reached the peak of its power, presenting a very real threat to Western Christendom when in 1683 it suffered its first major defeat, at the Siege of Vienna. Tracing the empire’s conflicts of the next two centuries, The Ottoman Wars: An Empire Besieged examines the social transformation of the Ottoman military system in an era of global imperialism Spanning more than a century of conflict, the book considers challenges the Ottoman government faced from both neighbouring Catholic Habsburg Austria and Orthodox Romanov Russia, as well as - arguably more importantly – from military, intellectual and religious groups within the empire. Using close analysis of select campaigns, Virginia Aksan first discusses the Ottoman Empire’s changing internal military context, before addressing the modernized regimental organisation under Sultan Mahmud II after 1826. Featuring illustrations and maps, many of which have never been published before, The Ottoman Wars draws on previously untapped source material to provide an original and compelling account of an empire near financial and societal collapse, and the successes and failures of a military system under siege. The book is a fascinating study of the decline of an international power, raising questions about the influence of culture on warfare.

Memory, Conflict and New Media

Author: Ellen Rutten,Julie Fedor,Vera Zvereva

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136186425

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 5915


This book examines the online memory wars in post-Soviet states – where political conflicts take the shape of heated debates about the recent past, and especially World War II and Soviet socialism. To this day, former socialist states face the challenge of constructing national identities, producing national memories, and relating to the Soviet legacy. Their pasts are principally intertwined: changing readings of history in one country generate fierce reactions in others. In this transnational memory war, digital media form a pivotal discursive space – one that provides speakers with radically new commemorative tools. Uniting contributions by leading scholars in the field, Memory, Conflict and New Media is the first book-length publication to analyse how new media serve as a site of political and national identity building in post-socialist states. The book also examines how the construction of online identity is irreversibly affected by thinking about the past in this geopolitical domain. By highlighting post-socialist memory’s digital mediations and digital memory’s transcultural scope, the volume succeeds in a twofold aim: to deepen and refine both (post-socialist) memory theory and digital-memory studies. This book will be of much interest to students of media studies, post-Soviet studies, Eastern European Politics, memory studies and International Relations in general.