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Tolstoy On War: Narrative Art and Historical Truth in “War and Peace”

Rick McPeak and Donna Tussing Orwin


In 1812, Napoleon launched his fateful invasion of Russia. Five decades later, Leo Tolstoy published War and Peace, a fictional representation of the era that is one of the most celebrated novels in world literature. The novel contains a coherent (though much disputed) philosophy of history and portrays the history and military strategy of its time in a manner that offers lessons for the soldiers of today. To mark the two hundredth anniversary of the French invasion of Russia and acknowledge the importance of Tolstoy's novel for our historical memory of its central events, this book provides f ... More

Keywords: Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, world literature, philosophy of history, Napoleon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801448980
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rick McPeak, editor
Professor and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages, the United States Military Academy, West Point

Donna Tussing Orwin, editor

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