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Tolstoy On WarNarrative Art and Historical Truth in “War and Peace”$
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Rick McPeak and Donna Tussing Orwin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448980

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448980.001.0001

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War and Peace at West Point

War and Peace at West Point

(p.190) War and Peace at West Point
Tolstoy On War

Rick Mcpeak

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter examines the response of the students of the United States Military Academy at West Point to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. It draws mainly from an event in April 2010 when the Academy hosted the conference “War and Peace at West Point.” During the conference, academics from various disciplines gave presentations on issues such as an individual's potential to make history. From their unique disciplinary perspectives, the presenters analyzed various aspects of war and peace as depicted in the novel. The cadets were most interested about Tolstoy's views on leadership—a trait that the cadets focus on inside the classroom and practice everywhere.

Keywords:   West Point, Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, war, military training, leadership

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