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  • Published: 20 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141947440
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 656

Russia Against Napoleon

The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814

The story of how and why Russia defeated Napoleon

In the summer of 1812 Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins, and Russia had triumphed. This is the first history to explore in depth Russia's crucial role in the Napoleonic Wars, re-creating the epic battle between two empires as never before.

Dominic Lieven writes with great panache and insight to describe from the Russians' viewpoint how they went from retreat, defeat and the burning of Moscow to becoming the new liberators of Europe; the consequences of which could not have been more important.

Ultimately this book shows, memorably and brilliantly, Russia embarking on its strange, central role in Europe's existence, as both threat and protector - a role that continues, in all its complexity, into our own lifetimes.

  • Published: 20 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141947440
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 656

About the author

Dominic Lieven

Dominic Lieven is an Honorary Fellow and an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His Russia Against Napoleon won the Wolfson Prize (UK) and the Prix Napoléon (France). His latest book, Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia won the Pushkin House Prize (UK), the Valdai Club Prize (Russia) and the Ambassador of the New Europe Prize (Poland).

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Praise for Russia Against Napoleon

Winner of the 2009 Wolfson Prize for History and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize


A compulsive page-turner ... a triumph of brilliant storytelling ... an instant classic that is an awesome, remarkable and exuberant achievement

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard

Radically alters our assumptions about how Napoleon was beaten

Andrew Roberts, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

(He creates) an historic canvas that is both overwhelming and meticulous ... he inevitably touches the nerve points of modern power politics.

The Economist

A compulsive read. This master storyteller and scholar has written an instant classic that is awesome, remarkable and exuberant.

Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Scotsman

An essential reference ... the Princess would have approved.

The Spectator

(An) erudite, monumental piece of historial research ... it's a great tale with a clear argument, baked by an impressive array of sources and detail.

Charles Clover, Financial Times

A superbly crafted book

Alexander M. Martin, TLS

A lucid and detailed account

Geoffrey Hosking, London Review of Books

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