Originally published in Paris 1964 as "L'incedie de Moscow" by Laffont. This first English translation published in 1966 by: George Allen and Unwin Ltd. London.
This copy is Hardcover
THE BURNING OF MOSCOW 1812: Daria Olivier, with the help of freshly released documents, brings much new light to bear on this exciting moment in history including, who started the fires and was this the beginning of the end for Napoleon? These and much more is investigated in detail.
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A red cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering to the spine - No inscriptions - pages and contents clean and bright - corners sharp - a few dust spots to the top edge of the page block; condition is VERY GOOD
Dust wrapper - un-price clipped - whole but chipped and in at least GOOD condition.
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Everyone knows that Moscow burst into flames when Napoleon entered the city in September 1812, at the climax of his Russian campaign, but surprisingly few can answer the many questions involved: Who started the fires? How long did Napoleon remain in the burning city and what did he do while he was there? What happened to the Muscovites? Did the fires consume everything? Was the burning of Moscow really for Napoleon, the beginning of the end? Why did he decide, for the first time in his career to retreat? In this full and graphic account of a disaster that was decisive in world history, and in its aftermath, these and other questions are answered.
Using the enormous collection of Russian documents that was made public in the U.S.S.R. on the 150th. Anniversary of the ‘Patriotic War’, Daria Oliver, herself of Russian parentage and birth, has brought much new light to bear on this exciting moment in history. At the same time, she has studied the behaviour of the principle protagonists, especially Tsar Alexander I, and has exercised the maximum objectiveness in her juxta positioning of the original texts from both adversaries. Other fascinating characters abound, especially the wily Kutusov, the Russian Commander-in-Chief. Rostopchim, the Governor of Moscow, Wilson, the British Ambassador to the Tsar, Murat Caulaincourt and the rest of the French marshals.
A great Russian poet referred to the 1812 campaign as a ‘War of Giants’, and this absorbing story makes his meaning clear.