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

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

By: Rick McPeak (editor), Donna Tussing Orwin (editor)Hardback

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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, Rick McPeak and Donna Tussing Orwin have assembled a distinguished group of scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds-literary criticism, history, social science, and philosophy-to provide fresh readings of the novel. The essays in Tolstoy On War focus primarily on the novel's depictions of war and history, and the range of responses suggests that these remain inexhaustible topics of debate. The result is a volume that opens fruitful new avenues of understanding War and Peace while providing a range of perspectives and interpretations without parallel in the vast literature on the novel. Contributors: Alan Forrest, University of York; Andreas Herberg-Rothe, University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany; Dominic Lieven, Trinity College, Cambridge University; Jeff Love, Clemson University; Alexander M. Martin, University of Notre Dame; Rick McPeak, United States Military Academy at West Point; Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University;Donna Tussing Orwin, University of Toronto; Elizabeth D. Samet, United States Military Academy at West Point; Dan Ungurianu, Vassar College; David A. Welch, Balsillie School of International Affairs and University of Waterloo

About Author

Rick McPeak is Professor and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Donna Tussing Orwin is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author most recently of Consequences of Consciousness.


Introduction by Donna Tussing Orwin Chapter 1. Tolstoy on War, Russia, and Empire by Dominic Lieven Chapter 2. The Use of Historical Sources in War and Peace by Dan Ungurianu Chapter 3. Moscow in 1812: Myths and Realities by Alexander M. Martin Chapter 4. The French at War: Representations of the Enemy in "War and Peace" by Alan Forrest Chapter 5. Symposium of Quotations: Wit and Other Short Genres in "War and Peace" by Gary Saul Morson Chapter 6. The Great Man in "War and Peace" by Jeff Love Chapter 7. "War and Peace" from the Military Point of View by Donna Tussing Orwin Chapter 8. Tolstoy and Clausewitz: The Duel as a Microcosm of War by Rick McPeak Chapter 9 The Awful Poetry of War: Tolstoy's Borodino by Donna Tussing Orwin Chapter 10. Tolstoy and Clausewitz: The Dialectics of War by Andreas Herberg-Rothe Chapter 11. The Disobediences of War and Peace by Elizabeth D. Samet Chapter 12. Tolstoy the International Relations Theorist by David A. Welch War and Peace at West Point by Rick McPeak Notes Works Cited List of Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780801448980
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780801448980
  • weight: 510
  • ISBN10: 0801448980

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