Description The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917-20, followed by decades of communist rule. Dominic Lieven's powerful and original book, based on exhaustive and unprecedented study in Russian and many other foreign archives, explains why this suicidal decision was made and explores the world of the men who made it, thereby consigning their entire class to death or exile and making their country the victim of a uniquely terrible political experiment under Lenin and Stalin. Dominic Lieven is a Senior Research Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His book 'Russia Against Napoleon' (Penguin) won the Wolfson Prize for History and the Prize of the Fondation Napoleon for the best foreign work on the Napoleonic era.
Towards the Flame - Staff Choice by Marten Lievenís access to the Russian archives makes his books stand out. He chronicles history from the all-too-often-neglected Russian perspective. Of the two, Russia Against Napoleon is a more clear-cut military history; it offers a completely new understanding of a mostly familiar history. Towards The Flame is more of an addition to the other great books that have come out on the subject of the First World War (Sleepwalkers to name one). A book well worth reading, but the policy decisions and inner workings of Russiaís political caste at the turn of the century make this not quite as exciting a read as the great war against Napoleon.