The Crimean War 1854-1856
Printed Works in Western Languages.
The Crimean War was fought between Russia on one side, and Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire, on the other. The principal battlefield was the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea, but the ramifications were widespread.
For the first time ever, modern media had a significant impact on a military confrontation. The telegraph system not only influenced developments on the battlefield by, for example, enabling British politicians to curtail the freedom of the military commanders in the field, it also allowed reporters to inform the general public more quickly of events. This had a major impact on public opinion in Britain and France. The Crimean War also brought forth popular icons like the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade, decimated at Balaclava, which had a lasting impact on British morale and is still textbook material for military historians and students. And it made a popular heroine of Florence Nightingale, who tended the wounded and professionalized nursing in the process. Public opinion, through its effect on politics, became a part of modern warfare during this period.
This collection is part of the new IDC seriesThe Eastern Question.
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