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Sevastopol’s Wars – book presentation and talk by Mungo Melvin

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Founded by Catherine the Great, the maritime city of Sevastopol has been fought over for centuries. Crucial battles of the Crimean War were fought on the hills surrounding the city, and the memory of this stalwart defence inspired those who battled the Germans during the Second World War. Twice the city has faced complete obliteration yet twice it has risen, phoenix-like, from the ashes. In this groundbreaking volume, award-winning author Mungo Melvin explores how Sevastopol became a crucible of conflict in three major conflicts: the Crimean War, the Russian Civil War and the Second World War witnessing the death and destruction of countless armies yet creating the indomitable ‘spirit of Sevastopol’. By weaving together first-hand interviews, detailed operational reports and battle analysis, Mungo Melvin has created a rich tapestry of history. In his talk, he will highlight the enduring strategic importance of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia, and reflect on the events of early 2014 that stunned the world.

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This talk is part of the The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society series.

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