The latest book from Orlando Figes is completely different from his previous books, all of which featured either the history or culture of Russia prominently. This time, however, Figes appeared to delight in challenging himself with a historic account of the Holy Crusades. Entitled Crimea: The Last Crusade, his book is based on accounts taken from the archives of Ottoman, Russian, British and French records. He also took into account books that not only spoke of the cultural and political aspects of the Crimean War but those that spoke at length about the diplomatic and military aspects of the war as well. Finally, Figes talked about the lasting impact the war had on the countries that were once a part of it.
Orlando Figes also focused on discovering the nature and extent of the role that religion played in war and especially that of Crimea. For some time, he explains the root cause of the conflict between Muslims and Russians. He also takes note of how the battle between the two religious factions even continue today, especially in the Caucasus, Balkans, and the southern region of Russia. There are two incidents in his book that Figes highlighted for best exemplifying how powerful a motivator religion can be to push men into war. Firstly, he talked about the decision of Tsar Nicholas I to go to battle due to his religious beliefs. He also spoke of how Britain and France found themselves clashing against Russian forces because of “Russophobia”.
Those interested in his new works will be more than pleased to know that Figes already has one cooked up and expected to be released in 2013. With his latest book, he comes back to his favorite haunting ground – literature-wise- in Russia. The story takes place in the years when Stalin was still in force and making much use of sweat camps. Although its data is historically relevant, the latest Figes book is undeniably a love story as well, with two star-crossed lovers having to secretly exchange letters and ensure that they were properly smuggled out. The couple’s story was also followed up by Figes with several interviews. After this 2013 book is published, Figes will completely devote his time to completing his concise and single history volume of the Russian History.
Although Orlando Figes has an incredibly successful career, he has never made the mistake of taking it for granted. He continues to work hard in ensuring that all the facts and figures he uses are valid and accurate to serve as research for a piece of non-fiction. Lastly, most people also find it utterly commendable how Orlando Figes always consider quality as one of his topmost priorities when writing a book.