Military history

Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace

Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace

The first history of the epic defeat of Napoleon's empire told from the Russian perspective.

Though much has been written about Napoleon's doomed invasion of Russia and the collapse of the French Empire that ensued, virtually all of it has been from the Western perspective. Now, taking advantage of never- before-seen documents from the Russian archives, Dominic Lieven upends much of the conventional wisdom about the events that formed the backdrop of Tolstoy's masterpiece, War and Peace. Lieven's riveting narrative sweeps readers through epic battles, tense diplomatic exchanges on which the fate of nations hung, and the rise of Russia from near-ruin to Europe's liberator. Rich in detail, Russia Against Napoleon is a groundbreaking masterwork.

A Note on the Text

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Russia as a Great Power

Chapter 3: The Russo-French Alliance

Chapter 4: Preparing for War

Chapter 5: The Retreat

Chapter 6: Borodino and the Fall of Moscow

Chapter 7: The Home Front in 1812

Chapter 8: The Advance from Moscow

Chapter 9: 1813: The Spring Campaign

Chapter 10: Rebuilding the Army

Chapter 11: Europe’s Fate in the Balance

Chapter 12: The Battle of Leipzig

Chapter 13: The Invasion of France

Chapter 14: The Fall of Napoleon

Chapter 15: Conclusion

Illustrations

Appendix 1: The Russian Army in June 1812

Appendix 2: Russian Army Corps at the beginning of the autumn 1813 campaign

Notes

Bibliography

Additional Reading in English