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Alexander Mikaberidze
(Chairman of the Napoleonic Society of Georgia)

Peter Bagration - The Lion of the Russian Army

...Many outstanding military figures of the Western Europe of that time have highly estimated his military talent. So, in opinion of Polish general Kolachkovsky, one of the participants of 1812 campaign, Bagration "belonged to a number of the most famous military leaders of his time" and might be put in one line with the glorified military commanders like Napoleon, Suwaroff, Kutusoff, Ney, Davout and many others.

Napoleon himself considered Bagration as the best general of Russian army...

/Date of publication: 23.05.2000./
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Ivan I. Terebenev
ABCs of 1812 year

You have before you the widely reknowned publication entitled A Gift to Children Commemorating the Year 1812, also called simply Terebenev's ABCs. Its creator was Ivan Terebenev (1780-1815), a unique and interesting figure in the annuls of Russian art. Following six years of intensive study, Ivan Terebenev graduated in 1800 with flying colours from the Sculpture Department of the Petersburg Academy of Art. At this time he received the first prize gold medal for his high relief "The Poltavo Battalion", commissioned to face the pedestal of Rastrelli's monument to Peter the Great. His monumental reliefs and statues created for the Admiralty building brought him added fame.

But Ivan Terebenev won widespread popular acclaim by means of his 50 some odd graphic works on the subject of the War of 1812, which, along with caricatures by A. G. Venetzianov and I. A. Ivanov, enjoyed wide appeal throughout Russian society at that time.

In late 1814 Terebenev undertook the publication of his ABCs, for which he had selected 34 of his best drawings, supplementing them with works by Venetzianov and Ivanov. He composed couplets beginning with letters corresponding to the Russian alphabet, and the caricatures were etched sixteen to a signature block and hand painted in watercolour, A Gift to Children became Ivan Terebenev's farewell gift to his fellow countrymen. Terebenev died on January 16, 1815, at the age of 36 and in his artistic prime.

This reprint edition of "Terebenev's ABCs" from the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is a gift to all who cherish Russian history and culture.

/Date of publication: 22.11.2000./
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J. David Markham
International Napoleonic Society
Footsteps of Glory: Stendhal's Napoleonic Career

Marie-Henri Beyle (1783-1842), known to the world as Stendhal, became one of the modern age's most important literary figures. Living as he did in the transitional period from the ancien regime through the age of Napoleon and into the period of the return of the monarchy and the July Revolution, Stendhal witnessed France's and Europe's movement into the modern era...

/Date of publication: 30.03.2001./
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/Date of publication: 30.07.2001./
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