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Unknown Soldiers Podcast Episodes 27-31, The Crimean War Series: Sources

We've come to the big one: the series that will cap this entire first season of the podcast. It's time for the Crimean War! And my sources. What follows is my ENTIRE source list in one big post where everyone can find it. Anything labeled "Crimean War", whether a short round or a full-length episode, comes from THIS set of sources, so I put them all here so you can reference them at your leisure.

If I were to recommend any one book about the Crimea, it would be the book I used as sort of my "guidepost" for the series, Orlando Figes' 2010 Crimea: The Last Crusade, released under multiple different titles. Just look for Figes. An older, literary, readable military history is Christopher Hibbert's The Destruction of Lord Raglan: A Tragedy of the Crimean War, which is much more sympathetic to Raglan than I am. For a very good academic overview of the war, including a lot of the stuff Figes or Hibbert cover in less detail or don't cover at all, go for Winfried Baumgart's The Crimean War.


Anderson, Olive. A Liberal State at War: English Politics and Economics During the Crimean War. New York: St. Martin's, 1967.

Badem, Candan. The Ottoman Crimean War (1853–1856). Leiden: Brill, 2010.

Baird, Julia. Victoria: The Queen. London: Random House, 2016.

Baumann, Robert F. Russian-Soviet Unconventional Wars in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan. U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute.

Baumgart, Winfried. The Crimean War: 1853-1856. 2nd Ed. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Blake, R.L.V. ffrench. The Crimean War. Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2006.

Bostridge, Mark. Florence Nightingale: The Making of an Icon. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.

Cardoza, Thomas. Intrepid Women: Cantinieres and Vivandieres of the French Army. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2010.

Curtiss, John Shelton. The Russian Army under Tsar Nicholas I, 1825-1855. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1965.

Edgerton, Robert B. Death or Glory: The Legacy of the Crimean War. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999.

Evans, Richard J. The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914. New York: Penguin, 2016.

Figes, Orlando. Crimea: The Last Crusade. London: Allen Lane, 2010.

Gooch, Brison D. The New Bonapartist Generals in the Crimean War. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1959.

Herman, Arthur. To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World. New York: Harper Perennial, 2004.

Hibbert, Christopher. The Destruction of Lord Raglan: A Tragedy of the Crimean War 1854–55. London: Pelican, 1963.

Kivelson, Valerie A. and Ronald G. Suny. Russia's Empires. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Lambert, Andrew C. The Crimean War: British Grand Strategy Against Russia. 2nd Ed. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2011.

McElwee, William. The Art of War from Waterloo to Mons. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1974.

Palmer, Alan Warwick. The Crimean War. New York: Dorset Press, 1987.

Rappaport, Helen. No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War. London: Aurum, 2007.

Rath, Andrew C. The Crimean War in Imperial Context, 1854–1856. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Seacole, Mary. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands. London: James Blackwood, 1857.

Seaton, Albert. The Crimean War: A Russian Chronicle. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1977.

Strachan, Hew. European Armies and the Conduct of Warfare. London: Routledge, 1983.

Tolstoy, Leo. The Sebastopol Sketches. New York: Penguin Classics, 1986.

Uyar, Meset and Edward J. Erickson. A Military History of the Ottomans: From Osman to Ataturk. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2009.

Warner, Philip J. The Crimean War: A Reappraisal. New York: Taplinger, 1973.

Wilson, A.N. Tolstoy. London: W.W. Norton, 1988.

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