Cambridge: At the University Press: First editon, 1953. Hardcover. Condition: Very good plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. large 8vo., xxii, 614pp., with frontispiece and 7 other plates, 8 folding maps, 17 full-page maps, and 14 sketch maps to the text, original blue cloth gilt. A practically near fine clean copy in the uncommon original dustwrapper which is lightly rubbed and soiled. Complete. Internally a bookplate on the front pastedown of the Seinte Marie College of Wynchestre. ( actual spelling ). Scarce.
This is a history of the four Russo-Turkish Wars fought in the Caucasus during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is based largely on Turkish and Russian sources - staff histories, military journals, and memoirs - and on English, German, and French studies of particular campaigns. The main theme is the history of the defence of eastern Anatolia, from the end of the Napoleonic wars to modern times. The authors briefly relate their accounts of the campaigns to the general history of Russia's drive to the Mediterranean, and to the wider problems of Middle East strategy. The military topography of the border regions of Turkey and Caucasia is described in detail. This work was described on publication as "the most complete and authoritative study of this subject available in the English language" (Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, XIX, 1, p206), and has recently been confirmed as "a classic study" (ODNB)
Author W E D Allen and the Late Paul Muratoff
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Condition Very good plus