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Crimea in War and Transformation$
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Mara Kozelsky

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190644710

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190644710.001.0001

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The Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea

The Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea

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(p.135) 7 The Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea
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Crimea in War and Transformation
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Mara Kozelsky

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190644710.003.0008

With warmer weather returning in the spring of 1855, fighting renewed and spread to the southern and eastern parts of the peninsula. In May and June, the Allies struck at Yalta, Feodosia. They entered the strait of Kerch, bringing widespread destruction to towns along the Azov Sea. The Allies waged economic warfare. Invading soldiers razed homes, and decimated industry. The Russian military, meanwhile, enacted scorched earth policies and destroyed the food it could not relocate. The intensification of violence prompted a new refugee crisis. This chapter gives a depiction of the mercenary aspect of Allied campaigns and offers a rare glimpse into Russian efforts to alleviate the strain of war upon the civilian population. The chapter concludes with an assessment of war damages in the region.

Keywords:   Kerch (Kertch), Azov Sea (Sea of Azov), Feodosia (Theodosia), guerre de course (economic warfare), General M. G. Khomutov, General A. E. Wrangel (Vrangel), refugees

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