Alexander Mikaberidze

Of Torrent and Sponge: Field Marshal Kutuzov and the Russian Strategy Against Napoleon in 1812

In late June 1812, Napoleon led over half a million men into Russia in the crucial confrontation of the Napoleonic Wars; just six months later, the remnants of his army barely made it across the border. The direct result of the Russian victory was the start of the War of the German liberation and the complete overthrown of the French imperium in Europe.  Prof. Mikaberidze’s talk will examine Russian strategy against Napoleon during the 1812 campaign, tracing it through various iterations and with a particular focus on Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov who assumed command of the Russian forces in August 1812.

Alexander Mikaberidze is Professor of History and Ruth Herring Noel Endowed Chair at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. He holds a degree in international law from Tbilisi State University and a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University. An expert on the Napoleonic Wars, Dr. Mikaberidze has written and edited over two dozen books, including the multi-volume series on the Russian eyewitness accounts of the Napoleonic Wars and a trilogy on Napoleon’s invasion. His latest book, “The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History” (Oxford, 2020) was named among the Best Books of the Year by Foreign Affairs magazine and won the Society for Military History’s Distinguished Book Award and the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Prize. Dr. Mikaberidze is one of the editors of the multi-volume Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars (Cambridge, 2022). His latest book, “Kutuzov: A Life in War and Peace,” is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2022.

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