Watching A&E's War and Peace and wanting to talk about Russia's role in the war of 1805. I know Nappy gets owned at the end but what was Russia's purpose for getting involved? What was the big battles? Where can i research more about this?
Russia was very insecure about its place within Europe (they were upto WW1, arguably still are). Getting involved brought prestige and recognition 'as a European country' that every Emperor since Peter The Great craved.
It was the point at which Russia moved from a bunch of inbred monarchy type bourgeoisie, to a more intelligentsia type liberal bourgeoisie. It almost resulted in something beautiful during WWI, but their refusal to make peace quickly led to revolution and USSR.
France almost spread the liberal virus to Russia, and it almost beat the commie virus. What a world it could have been, with a liberal China, Africa and South America. How the Cold War could have looked.
> it meant to crush the French republic and later the empire.
this was not set in stone though, Alexander supposedly admired Napoleon and had liberal aspirations himself till he went full conservatard. His predecessor Tsar Paul openly confessed to admiring the French revolution. The nobles had him kill though because he alienated their lot by making it mandatory (after Catherine banned it) to work in the state service and seizing lands. He wasn't motivated by revolutionary ideas necessarily in doing this though...
>I know Nappy gets owned at the end but what was Russia's purpose for getting involved?
Same reason as why they got involved in the 2nd coalition: suppressing the ideas of the French Revolution.
And Napoleon doesnt get owned at the end of the Third Coalition, he wins at Austerlitz (the battle depicted in the 2nd episode), Austria surrenders, the HRE is destroyed and the Russian army goes home until its next war of aggression against France a year later.
I hated how they had Napoleon pass for an evil conqueror
I mean, it's normal to hear that from the point of view of the characters, but they could at least have put the truth in the small text at the beginning of the first episode
Napoleon didn't invade Austria just because.
He managed to restore peace in Europe in 1802, but Britain broke it by declaring war on France in 1803 (thus starting the Napoleonic Wars).
Then, as they were unable to fight France by themselves, they paid Austria and Russia to attack France.
Upon receiving their declaration of war, Napoleon decided to bring the war to their territory instead of waiting for an invasion, and that's where we are by the time the serie starts.
his face is so weird, i make me want to check if aspect ratio is right every time he's in scene
I lol'd at how it skipped directly from 1805 to 1809
So no 4th coalition?
What about the hussar guy? Did he fight in it?
I dunno about how it is in the book, but the 4th coalition is way more important to understand what happened between Russia and France in 1812 than the 3rd one.
War and Peace (the book) just summarises that bit of history and doesn't go into detail (other than Tilsit itself), because none of its main characters fought in that war. While Tolstoy was perfectly happy to switch from character perspective narrative to the grand historical summing up of years of political developments, that is harder to pull off in a TV series.
The French invasion of Russia is the only campaign that Tolstoy covers in complete exhaustive detail, because it affects every character in the story.
>It's not really a historical review of Napoleon era France
It actually kind of is. There is a reason why some people don't call War and Peace a novel, it mixes history, social commentary and philosophy with storytelling. There are whole sections of the book where Tolstoy goes totally non fiction, and he switches between the two so often its almost impossible to categorize what War and Peace is.
Nikolai only arrives back at his regiment quite late on, I don't think he fights in any battles, really that part of the story is more about his anxiousness to get back into the fray, Tolstoy interested in covering how soldiers and their families viewed the war back in Moscow
I think anyway, its been years since I read it. I get some of the dates mixed up sometimes.
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Just watched the first episode, it's pretty good (great the work they did on costumes and of course you can't go wrong with these beautiful settings), but as others have said Prince Andrei is woefully miscast. His actor should have been Anatole, they completely fucked up Andrei who is the best character in the book by making him into a smug pretty boy.
Andrei is meant to come off as highly intelligent but distant, this guy looked lost in most scenes. Andrei is meant to be calculating and thinking in all his scenes, this actor failed at pretty much everything (including looking the part) other than the aloofness, and even that he overplayed.
In the very first episode we have the hero and main character tell all the snooty bastards in Anna Pavlovna's soiree that he thinks Napoleon is a hero. The book (and the TV show) is about Russia's views towards Napoleon and how the wars against him transformed Russia itself. As the show goes on we should see that changing more and more.
I've only seen the first ep mind.
>but what was Russia's purpose for getting involved?
Russia agreed to embargo Britain with France. Tsar Alexander I and Napoleon were originally political buddies, or as much of buddies as they could be in the political world. However, it became obvious that Russia couldn't survive without trading with Britain. As such, Russia broke the embargo deal and renewed trade with Britain.
Napoleon, feeling betrayed and intent on not appearing spineless, decided to invade Russia to stop a great power from trading with Britain and to make it clear he isn't to be crossed.
>In the very first episode we have the hero and main character tell all the snooty bastards in Anna Pavlovna's soiree that he thinks Napoleon is a hero.
And then in the 2nd episode he says that Napoleon is a monster after all, because he happened to win the war he was already engaged in by the time he praised him in the first episode
Not very coherent (unless he said that just to please his soldiers friends).
OP is talking about the war of 1805 (Third Coalition), not 1812.
1805 was a war of aggression against France, motivated by the hatred from Russian and Austrian nobles against the ideals of the Revolution that had been kept by Napoleon.
Can you even understand the most basic fucking characterisation?
Pierre flip-flops and changes his mind a thousand times on everything. He is always well meaning but his actions tend to have bad consequences,or at least unforeseen ones. He was the antecedent of the revolutionaries of Tolstoy. You see this right at the very end of the book.
Also, Russia's withdrawal from the Continental System wasnt motivated by economical matters.
Alexander didnt hesitate to burn half of his country (dooming Russia's economy for the next century) and sacrifice hundreds thousands of his civilian population with the scorched earth policy just to beat Napoleon.
The reason he did that is because he was nuts and firmly believed that Napoleon was the Antichrist.
His "alliance" (more like a submission) with France after Tilsit was to last just long enough for Russia to rebuild its armies after the disaster of Friedland
He never planned to make a friend of Napoleon
War and Peace covers an entire generation, starting in 1805 and ending..fuck I don't even know, but decades later. Almost all of it is 1805-1812 though, the one section it covers most closely is the French invasion and retreat from Russia in 1812. Previous battles and wars are covered when the characters are involved with them. Borodino and Austerlitz are the two battles we see in extreme close up detail.
Alexander and Napoleon were closer before that period though, things obviously soured to shit later.
Again, the way that Franco-Russian relations changed over 1805-1812 is one of the key themes in War and Peace.