TEXTS -- John Keegan, The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme (Penguin, 1976); Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude (Norton Critical Edition, 2e, 1996); and William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, The Elements of Style (Longman, 4e, 2000).


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BORODINO (1812): Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace




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ADLER, TOLSTOY and KEEGAN -- Adler's "War and Peace" and Tolstoy's "God Sees the Truth, but Waits."  Optional: Tolstoy, "God Sees the Truth, But Waits" [18.30 minutes] and Meeting of Minds (PBS, 1977-81): Steve Allen's "talk show" with a wide variety of historical and literary figures.

AGINCOURT (1415) -- The Hundred Years' War (McGraw-Hill: In-Motion Animation); Agincourt (Animated Battle Maps Archive); Agincourt (War Walks: Richard Holmes, 1996) [29 minutes]; and Agincourt: The Movie (BBC: Horrible Histories) [2 minutes].  Optional: The Battle of Agincourt (Discovery Channel: Great Battles) [23.30 minutes]; Agincourt: a reasonably accurate recounting of the battle using dramatic music, maps, images, and film from three versions, and Part 2 [videos, 10 minutes total]; Agincourt (History Channel: Battlefield Detectives) [48 minutes]; The Battle of Agincourt (Britishbattles.com); Bernard Cornwell's History of Agincourt [4 minutes]; Agincourt: A Hundred Years of War (Pure History Specials) [51 minutes]; and The Barron Knights, The Battle of Agincourt [3 minutes] for musical fun.


BORODINO (1812): Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace


BOOK 1 -- 1812: The Road to Moscow  (Cromwell Films) [61 minutes in six parts, with an alternative slightly grainer version] and War of 1812 Bicentennial (RIA Novosti).  Optional: Napoleon's Empire, 1812 (Norton iMaps); Europe and the Superior Being: Napoleon (The History Guide); The rise, the glory, the fall: the Empire seen through the eyes of great artists (Napoleon.org).

BOOK 2 -- Optional: Episode 2: Sounds of War and 3: Skirmish at Schongraben (BBC, 1972).

BOOK 3 -- Optional: Episode 4: A Letter and Two Proposals and 5: Austerlitz (BBC, 1972).

BOOK 4 -- Optional: Episode 6. Reunions, 7: New Beginnings, and 8: A Beautiful Tale (BBC, 1972).


BOOK 6 -- Optional: Episode 9: Leave of Absence and 10: Madness (BBC, 1972) .



BOOK 8 -- Optional: Episode 11: Men of Destiny and 12: Fortunes Of War (BBC, 1972).

BOOK 9 -- Patriotic War of 1812 (RIV Novosti) and Introduction. World events in 1812 through "What are you doing here? F*** off !" (Napoleon, His Army and Enemies: Napoleon's Invasion of Russia 1812).  Optional: Episode 12: Fortunes Of War (BBC, 1972).

BOOK 10: Borodino, I (Books 1-18) -- History comes to life at Borodino (RT), text and video; V. V. Vereshagin, Napoleon near Borodino (1897); and Russia marks 200th anniversary of 1812 Patriotic War which halted Napoleon's march on the world (Telegraph): with Napoleon and Kutuzov Optional: Memorial 1812 Year and :Episode 13: Borodino (BBC, 1972).

BOOK 10: Borodino, II (Books 19-38) -- The bloodbath at Borodino (Napoleon, His Army and Enemies: Napoleon's Invasion of Russia 1812); The Battle of Borodino, September 7, 1812: Situation at 12.30 p.m., using Franz A. Roubaud's panorama (All World Wars); A day of military glory: “With cause all Russia fashions lays. About Borodino”, Borodino: sacred field of Russian military glory, and Battle of Moscow reenacted in Borodino, History Buffs Drink and Swordfight in Battle of 1812, and Borodino Battle Reenactment Training Costs $15,800 (RIV Novosti); and Anatoly Pavlovich Shepelyuk, Mikhail Kutuzov at the Battle of Borodino (1952, State Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve, Borodino, Moscow Oblast).  Optional: 1812 War: Battle of Borodino, Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV (The Voice of Russia).

BOOK 11 -- Optional: Episode 14: Escape, 15: Moscow!, 16: Two Meetings, and 17: Of Life and Death (BBC, 1972). 

BOOK 12 -- Optional: Episode 18: The Retreat (BBC, 1972).

BOOK 13 -- Optional: Episode 19: The Road to Life (BBC, 1972).


BOOK 15 -- How Russia celebrated 200th anniversary of victory over Napoleon, Part I and Part II (Radio: The Voice of Russia).

EPILOGUE 1 -- The War Gallery of 1812 in the Winter Palace (The Hermitage) and Moscow Unveils the Watercolor Metro Train Featuring a Battle of Borodino Exposition (RIV Novosti).  Optional: Episode 20. An Epilogue (BBC, 1972).

EPILOGUE 2 -- The Hedgehog and the Fox: first paragraph, Origins, and Summary (Wikipedia); Sharp Eyes for the Multiple Things (NY Times, 1954); and Why Foxes Are Better Forecasters Than Hedgehogs (Tetlock).  Optional: Learning How to Think: review of Tetlock (NY Times).


PROKOFIEV -- Serge Prokofiev, War and Peace (1941-53): Wikipedia; Premiere at last for Prokofiev's pre-Stalin War and Peace opera (The Independent, 2010); and Andrei's death (Opéra national de Paris, 2000) [3.30 minutes].  Optional: Andrei's death scene in two parts (Tokyo 2003)  [13 minutes]: slow and poorly filmed, but containing all the music of this powerful scene; John Simon, "Prokofiev's War and Peace," New Leader, 84/2 (2001); Laurel E. Fay, "Epic Pro Portions," Opera News, 66/9 (2002); Alex Ross, "Prokofiev's War and Peace," The New Yorker (2002) glowing review of Met production; summary (The Metropolitan Opera); Rita McAllister, Travels with an opera: Prokofiev’s War and Peace (2009); and Malcolm H. Brown, "Prokofiev's War and Peace: A Chronicle," The Musical Quarterly, 63/3 (July 1977).







WATERLOO (1815) -- Waterloo (Animated Battle Maps Archive); 1815: Waterloo (War Walks: Richard Holmes, 1996) [29 minutes]; and Abba, Waterloo: Eurovision contest winner performance [4.00 minutes].  Optional: The Battle of Waterloo (Cromwell Films) [56.30 minutes]; The Battle of Waterloo and The Battle of Waterloo Game (BBC); Battle of Waterloo (Napoleon, His Army and Enemies); Napoleon (PBS), Episode 4: The End, parts 3, 4, and 5; Battle of Waterloo, 1815 (The Art of Battle: Animated Battle Maps); Battle of Waterloo (Arc de Triomphe: Names and Battles 1792-1815); The Battle of Waterloo (britishbattles.com); Interactive Battle Simulator (PBS); and Battle of Waterloo section of Sergi Bondarchuk's Napoleon (1970).


THE SOMME (1916) -- Europe Plunges into War (The Map as History); The Western Front, 1914-1918  and Battle of the Somme (BBC: Animated Maps); The Battle of the Somme (PBS); Animated Map: Battle of the Somme, with Keegan's commentary (BBC); and The Somme (War Walks: Richard Holmes, 1996) [29 minutes].  Optional: Battle of the Somme: 1 July-13 November 1916, The Human Face of War, and World War I soldier wills digitised for online archive (BBC).

PELELIU and OKINAWA (1944-45) -- World War II in the Pacific, 1941-1945 (McDougal Littell: choose VA if needed).  Optional: World War II: Pacific, 1939-1945 (The National Archives) [6 minutes]; World War Two: The Pacific Theater (Mapping History); The Second World War: Pacific and WWII in the Pacific (McGraw-Hill: Palmer); full episodes of Ken Burns' The War (PBS, 2007) at NCLive; and Island-Hopping in the Pacific, 1942-1945, War in the Pacific, 1936-45, and Victory in the Pacific (PBS) [120 minutes].