The Crimean War (1853-56) between Russia, Turkey, Britain, France and the Kingdom of Sardinia was a diplomatically preventable conflict for influence over an unstable Near and Middle East. It could have broken out in any decade between Napoleon and Wilhelm II; equally, it need never have occurred. In this masterly study, based on massive archival research, David Goldfrank argues that the European diplomatic roots of the war stretch far beyond the `Eastern Question' itself, and shows how the domestic concerns of the participants contributed to the outbreak of hostilities.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

Part One: The Setting

chapter 1|18 pages

Western Questions - The Home Fronts

chapter 3|17 pages

The Eastern Question

part |2 pages

Part Two: The Sparks

part |2 pages

Part Four: The Twilight Zone

chapter 11|10 pages

Giant Steps (May-June 1853)

chapter 12|13 pages

Floating Projeets (June-July 1853)

chapter 13|14 pages

Sour Notes (July-August 1853)

chapter 14|13 pages

Cutting Loose (August-September 1853)

part |2 pages

Part Five: The Passage to Arms

part |2 pages

Part Six: Conclusions and Consequences

chapter 18|15 pages

The Origins of the Crimean War

chapter 19|19 pages

The Strange Sequel