Charge Of The Light Brigade Analysis

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“Forward the Light Brigade! ‘Charge for the Guns!’ he said. Into the valley of death, rode the six hundred.” This excerpt from the famous Tennyson poem: “The Charge of the Light Brigade” exemplified the severity of the Crimean War, which boasted the largest casualty rate in Europe for an entire century. The European quarrel altered the future of the politics of the region to a major extent and also led to many radical changes on the technological front as well as new reforms, especially for women. We would not observe the development of women into nurses for wounded soldiers on the field, nor would we understand the evolution of war-supply transportation and battle tactics if not for the war in Crimea that re-shaped European politics, creating a new balance of power that stayed intact over the next century. The Crimean War closed the door on the old order and ushered in a new era, and is considered the gateway to the modern age in Europe. This development led to modern warfare, such as in the next large crisis of the American Civil War, also considered a modern, total war. It’s primarily important to discuss the major improvements made in warfare in the Crimean War, as the battlefield scene rapidly switched from linear, side-by-side musketeers used in the American Revolutionary War to the trench warfare and the increased firepower of the war in Crimea. In this time period, we saw the developments in small arms allowing for a major increase in the dangerousness of military infantry. While previously rifled infantry troops were relegated to elite sharpshooter units because of the large cost of producing the weapons, the Crimean War saw the first wide spread use of these units and it proved to be a decisive factor in the outcome of ... ... middle of paper ... to the European concert, and the empire was promised recognition of its independence, which was what the western powers were fighting for in order to halt the expansion of Russia and Austria into the Ottoman territory. The Black Sea was demilitarized, and an international commission was set up to regulate commerce and trade on the rivers of Europe. The shift of the balance of power from Russia and Austria dominating the country to a significantly weaker Russian and Austrian empire, was integral to the introduction of Otto Von Bismarck in Germany and an upstart Italian regime that challenged controlling powers to regain their independence. With Russia out of the picture, the Napoleon-led France now had ample space and time to rebuild their regime and regain territories lost from the Concert of Europe, which ultimately hurt their expansion and imperial additions.
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