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2015

Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze publishes Third Volume in his Anthology of Russian Memoirs

January 28, 2015

After having written and edited more than a dozen books on military and political history, Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze has published yet another exceptional book. Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign in 1807 was published on January 14th, 2015 and is the third volume in Mikaberidze’s ongoing anthology of Russian memoirs.  

This volume brings together, for the first time in English, dozens of Russian letters, memoirs and diaries, with authors ranging from the commander-in-chief to NCOs. We see the brutal conditions of the winter campaign at first hand, and gain fresh insight into the infamous Treaty of Tiltsit and the diplomatic maneuvering that followed it. With his first book being published in 2000 at the young age of twenty two, Mikaberidze has proven to be not only successful but extremely knowledgeable in the field as well.   

His new book furthers the story of Napoleon's crushing defeat of Prussia in 1806 and how he marched into Poland to forestall any Russian attempts to come to the aid of their ally. There then followed the bloody battle in a blizzard at Eylau on 8 February 1807, which decimated both armies. Operations resumes in the spring and on 14 June Napoleon wrecked the Russian field army at Friedland. Napoleon and Emperor Alexander met at Tiltsit, and French mastery of north-west Europe was confirmed.   

Born in the Soviet Kazakhstan, Dr. Mikaberidze grew up in the newly independent Republic of Georgia. He holds an advanced degree in international law from Tbilisi State University (Republic of Georgia, 1999) and worked as an international law expert at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (1996-2000), where he handled the human rights issues and relations with the Council of Europe. In 2000, Dr. Mikaberidze moved to the US to pursue his dream of studying the Napoleonic Era (1799--1815). He joined the prestigious Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University where he finished his Ph.D. in history in 2003, and he joined LSUS in 2007.