At the turn of the 19th to 20th century, Russia held the instigators of the Boxer Rebellion in the highest contempt. While Tsar Nicholas II reached out to Asia and opposed the European colonization of countries in the continent, he took the side of his European cousins and supported the counterattack on the Boxers. He was also enraged by the Chinese bombardment of the town of Blagoveshchensk, which is on the opposite bank of the Amur River from China. This led to further violent Russian reprisals and the crushing of the Boxers, who were essentially opposing the Western and Christian domination of China.
By having Pozdnischeff tell his story to someone else, Tolstoy allows the reader to interpret the information for themselves. If the story was told as a first person narrative, the reader would not have had the comparison of values between Pozdnischeff and the other people on the train. Tolstoy describes many aspects of the people on the train. He seems to emphasize on their faces and their reactions to the statments spoken by each other character. He does this so that the reader may. Regarded as a famous author, Leo Tolstoy, wrote intricate novels and essays which influenced people throughout the world on the topics of love, society, and religion.
The editor has made revisions where appropriate; the annotations have also been revised and expanded. Among the great novels of the world, 'War and Peace' has long held pride of place because it fulfills, in its seamless interweaving of the historical and the personal, and its genius in registering the entire scale of human life, all the promise latent in the art of fiction itself. Leo Tolstoy , a giant of world literature, is the author of many classics, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
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