WAR AND PEACE
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).
CORE -- Visit this page for the second part of our syllabus (Connecting) and to get started with the crucial attitudes and perspectives for our course.
FACING BATTLE, I
ADLER AND TOLSTOY -- Adler's "War and Peace" and Tolstoy's "God Sees the Truth, but Waits."
KEEGAN -- Atlas for Ancient Warfare (US Military Academy): "The Natural Tendency" (last entry for "The Greek Hoplite in Classical Warfare) for phalanx fighting; and Sir John Keegan (Wikipedia). Optional: Sir John Keegan (C-Span in Depth with Brian Lamb, 27 December 2003), a long, thirteen-part interview; and Ground War, four-part series (PBS) .
AGINCOURT (1415) -- All You Need To Know About The Battle Of Agincourt; Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV, Scene III: Lawrence Olivier (1944) [11 minutes]; and Kenneth Branagh (1989) [5 minutes]. Optional: The Barron Knights, The Battle of Agincourt [3 minutes], for fun; The Battle of Agincourt (Britishbattles.com); and Bernard Cornwell's History of Agincourt [4 minutes].
BORODINO (1812): Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
NAPOLEON -- The Western Tradition, 40: The French Revolution: Click on VoD [Video on Demand] for this 26-minute illustrated lecture; 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. Optional: Napoleonic Wars (US Military Academy) (US Military Academy).
WAR AND PEACE: Cartoons -- War and Peace comic strip, Parts 1 and 2; and Cartoonstock.
WAR AND PEACE: Films -- War and Peace (1956): theatrical trailer for King Vidor's epic [3.30 minutes]; miniseries trailer (2007) [a long 9 minutes]; and Wikipedia on the interpretations by Vidor (1956) and Sergei Bondarchuk (1968).
BOOK 1 -- War and Peace (1968): begins with the Anna Scherer's soiree and ends with Lisa interrupting the conversation between Andrei and Pierre, and 2/14: through the bear party [end at 08.10]; and War and Peace (1956), Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 (end at minute 3.00).
BOOK 3 -- Napoleon: The Battle of Austerlitz (PBS): Episode 3: Summit of Greatness, parts 2 and 3 for the battles of Ulm and Austerlitz [20 minutes]; and War and Peace (1956), Parts 4 (begin at minute 3.00) and 5 (end at minute 4.00). Optional: 1805 Campaign (Napoleonic Miniatures War Game), for details and maps; Battle of Austerlitz (History Channel), in five parts; and Napoleon: Austerlitz (History Channel: The Great Commanders).
BOOK 4 -- War and Peace (1956), Parts 5 (begin at minute 4.00), 6, and 7 (end at minute 2.10, which jumps to Book 7, ignoring for now Andrew's engagement to Natasha in Book 6).
BOOK 6 -- War and Peace: Is it possible to be so happy?/ The moon (2007: short clips from the television miniseries: Andrew, Pierre (not in the novel); Natasha at Otradnoe; If she turns and looks at me now . . .; Wonderful like everything you do; You seem to live life very intensely; I love you . . .; and Andrey and Natasha's farewell.
BOOK 7 -- War and Peace (1956), Parts 7, 8, and 9 (end at minute 7.25) admixture Books 6 and 7 with the Rostov's country visit and wolf hunt (including Andrei among the party, Natasha's balcony scene, and THEN the great ball and engagement . . . sigh . . .
BOOK 8 -- War and Peace (1956), Parts 9 (begin at minute 7.25), 10, and 11; and War and Peace: Natasha's Betrayal (2007) [2 minutes].
BOOK 10: Borodino, I: Battle -- Napoleon (PBS): Episode 4: The End, parts 1 and 2 (end at 6.54); History comes to life at Borodino (RT), text and video; Battle of Borodino, 1812 (Napoleon, His Army and Enemies); The Mother of God Smolenskaya (British Museum); Black Virgin of Smolensk, 1912 picture of altar destroyed in 1941 and scroll down the page to compare Tolstoy's account of the Russians honoring the Virgin with Joseph-Louis Hippolyte Bellange's painting of Napoleon admiring the portrait of his son, the King of Rome. Optional: Memorial 1812 Year.
BOOK 10: Borodino, II
Movies -- War and Peace (1956), Parts 12, 13, and 14 (end at minute 7.13); Borodino/Natasha's dream (2007) [1 minute]; 1812, national war (1912) (1912): "a Russian movie by Vassili Gontcharov made in 1912 by the Tsaristic Russia for the centenary of Borodino battle": Part I [10 minutes] and II [16.30 minutes]; and Sergei Eisenstein's Ivan The Terrible (1943), with the heavily anti-German message and icon at minute 4.10 [5.30 minutes].
BOOK 11 -- War and Peace (1956), Parts 14, 15, and 16; War and Peace (2997): Take me to Natasha . . . and I love you even more then before (2007).
BOOK 12 -- War and Peace (1956), Parts 17 (end at minute 7.30); and War and Peace (2007): Perhaps there's still some hope, and One must live, one must love, one must . . .
BOOK 13 -- Serge Prokofiev, War and Peace (1941-53): 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.
BOOK 15 -- War and Peace (1956), Parts 18, 19, and 20; and Marche Henri IV (Wikipedia): lyrics (French and English) of the song Henri Quatre.
LOVE AND DEATH -- Woodie Allen, Love and Death (Wikipedia); Edible Books: War and Peace: scroll to the bottom; and Tolstoy Studies Journal: Virtual Exhibit: Tolstoy and the Arts," "Tolstoy Image Gallery," and "Tolstoy Film."
FACE OF BATTLE, II
WATERLOO (1815) -- All You Need To Know About The Battle Of Waterloo; Napoleon (PBS), Episode 4: The End, parts 3, 4, and 5; and Abba, Waterloo: Eurovision contest winner performance [4.00 minutes]. Optional: Battle of Waterloo (Napoleon, Armies and Enemies); The Battle of Waterloo (britishbattles.com); Interactive Battle Simulator (PBS); Battle of Waterloo section of Sergi Bondarchuk's Napoleon (1970).
SOMME (1916) -- Europe Plunges into War (The Map as History); All You Need To Know About The Battle Of The Somme [5 minutes]; The Battle of the Somme (PBS); and Animated Map: Battle of the Somme, with Keegan's commentary (BBC).
MOSCOW (1941) -- The War of the World, 3: Killing Space [47 minutes]; 1943: Battle of Kursk (Seventeen Moments in Soviet History); Bondarchuk, A Man of Destiny (1959): parts 6 and 7 (through minute 2.10) for the Russian prisoner (Bondarchuk) challenging his German captors . . . Bondarchuk, directing his first film, drew on his experiences as a POW during the Second Patriotic War. Optional: The trailer and opening of Sergei Bondarchuk's Oni srazhalis za rodinu (They Fought for their Motherland, 1975), set in July 1942; Tanks: Battle of Kursk (video); Moscow 1941 [60 minutes]; Operation Barbarossa (Holt, Rinehart and Winston) and Battle of Moscow (PBS); and Elem Klimov's Come and See (1985), watching Part 2.3-5 for a young partisan's experience with Germans in Byelorussia (now Republic of Belarus) in 1942 [33 minutes].
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