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War and Peace

ByLeo Tolstoy

The novel begins in the year 1805 during the reign of Tsar Alexander I and leads up to the 1812 French invasion of Russia by Napoleon. The era of Catherine the Great (from 1762–1796), when the royal court in Paris was the centre of western European civilization, is still fresh in the minds of older people. Catherine, fluent in French and wishing to reshape Russia into a great European nation, made French the language of her royal court. For the next one hundred years, it became a social requirement for members of the Russian nobility to speak French and understand French culture. This historical and cultural context in the aristocracy is reflected in War and Peace.

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Publication Date
Aug 18, 2011
Language
English
ISBN
9781447824862
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Leo Tolstoy

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Format
EPUB

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