The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856Book - 2000
A history of the Crimean War includes coverage of the Charge of the Light Brigade and Florence Nightingale, and identifies a link between its developments and twentieth-century mass warfare as well as the current affairs of Eastern Europe.
The war was a watershed in world history and pointed the way to what mass warfare would be like in the twentieth century.
The Crimean War is one of history's most compelling subjects. It encompassed human suffering, woeful leadership and maladministration on a grand scale. It created a heroic myth out of the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade and, in Florence Nightingale, it produced one of history's great heroes. New weapons were introduced; trench combat became a fact of daily warfare outside Sebastopol; medical innovation saved countless soldiers' lives that would otherwise have been lost. The war paved the way for the greater conflagration which broke out in 1914 and greatly prefigured the current situation in Eastern Europe.
While mostly a straightforward military and diplomatic history of the conflict between England, France, and the Ottoman Empire on the one hand, and Russia on the other, this work does touch upon other issues, including the failure of the European powers to resolve national tensions in the Balkans, the nature of technological change as a harbinger for the trench warfare of World War I, the possibility of American involvement, and other issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Using primary military dispatches, gives an in-depth account of the Crimean War, remarking on the war's military tactics, brutal nature, and significant impact on modern warfare.