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Alexander I: The Tsar Who Defeated Napoleon Hardcover – November 15, 2012
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One would think that in a scholarly work (which this purports to be) someone would have noticed that there is a difference between Elbe (the river) and Elba (the island). Not so: "Prussia lost ... all its lands situated to the west of the Elba" [p.184] as well as some "land east of the Elba" [p.185]. And in 1813 Alexander celebrated Easter "on the banks of the Elba" [p.266]. Well, at least they're consistent.
Yaroslavl is a town in Russia, "Yaroslav" [p.128] isn't. Jena is a town in Germany, "Iena" [p.362] isn't. Sebastopol [p.377] lies in California, Sevastopol in Russia. Alexander had his summer residence on Kamenny (not "Kammeny" [p.132]) Island. The 1721 and 1743 peace treaties between Russia and Sweden were concluded in Nystad (not "Nystadt" [p.120]) and Åbo (not "Abbo" [p. 218]), respectively. And, since the Finnish (rather than the original Swedish) names of towns in Finland are consistently used elsewhere in the text, one would expect to see Uusikaupunki and Turku here. But perhaps someone didn't know that these were Finnish towns? The original Swedish name for Hamina is Fredrikshamn, not "Friedrichshamm" [p.406 n.27].
Mikhail Speransky couldn't possibly have been chancellor of the University of Turku [p.223] since that institution didn't come into being until 1920. He was chancellor of the Imperial Academy (Kejserliga Akademien) in Turku. Konstantin Pobedonostsev was not the "procurer of the Holy Synod" [p.382], he was its Chief Procurator.Read more ›
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This is anti-Catherine the Great. The book never went to the relationship between Alexander and Catherine the Great, or his relationship with his father, Paul. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin Johnson
Knowing very little on Russian History for the Napoleonic period, I found this book to be terribly informative.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer