Type of Document Dissertation Author Mikaberidze, Alexander Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-11182003-201553 Title Lion of the Russian Army: Life and Military Career of Prince General Peter Bagration Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department History, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Donald D. Horward Committee Chair Jonathan Grant Committee Member Michael Creswell Committee Member Patrick O’Sullivan Committee Member Peter Garretson Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2003-10-27 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis study explores the life and military career of General Peter Bagration. A scion of the Georgian royal dynasty, he was reared in the exiled family in a small town in the periphery of the Russian Empire and rose from obscurity to the highest circles of the Russian society. He was undoubtedly one of the most prominent Russians of the time, achieving unprecedented fame and status. He lived only forty-seven years but dedicated thirty years of his life to the military service. He distinguished himself as master commander of rear and advance guards and was regarded as one of the best Russian commanders of the Napoleonic Wars. Bagration fought in every war Russia waged from 1794 to 1812 and successfully faced the great leaders of his epoch - Napoleon, Andre Masséna, Charles Nicholas Davout and others.
However, despite his historical and military importance, Bagration still remains largely neglected. Little is known about Bagration’s childhood and adolescence. Most of the volumes on Bagration describe his role in the 1812 Campaign and tend to embellish his exploits. This work aims to provide reader with an accurate portrait of one of the most prominent commanders of the Russian army. Bagration emerges as talented, patriotic general, admired by the army and society, yet of a violent and impetuous character tha often led to important miscalculations. Accepting Russia as his motherland, he served faithfully and died fighting to ensure its freedom.
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