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War & Peace

            "All's fair in love and war" said Francis Edward Smedley.
             summarization of - according to critics - the greatest classic of our time, L.N. Tolstoy's .
             War and Peace. Themes of dedication to one's homeland, war strategies, fate, bravery, .
             rebirth, religion and love are portrayed in the novel as seen both through the eyes of the .
             aristocracy and the peasantry. .
             The theme that carries throughout the entire novel is the coming together of the .
             classes to protect their motherland. "There were some that adopted all the army .
             procedures and had infantry, artillery, a staff, and the conveniences of life; some .
             consisted only of Cossack cavalry; others were scratch groups of foot and horse, of .
             landowners and peasants, and remained unknown. A deacon commanded such a band, .
             which captured several hundreds prisoners in the course of a month. There was also .
             Vasilisa, the wife of a village elder, who slew hundreds of the French." All mingled, rich .
             and poor, those who were armed and those who were not properly equipped fought with .
             equal fervor. .
             A rising of the nation in such a manner, a merging into an indivisible strength and .
             will in war strongly contrasted the division of classes in peace. At war, "the gulf between .
             the "two nations", the gentry and the peasantry, and between the patriotic and unpatriotic .
             elements of the gentry was greatly narrowed." Tolstoy revered this idea because he .
             believed in patriotism, brotherhood, and spreading of wealth. .
             Tolstoy overthrows the idea of war strategies and leaves everything to fate and .
             spirit, " the strength of an army depends on its spirit." The spirit does not recognize .
             boundaries of classes, but sweeps the entire nation and creates a mass of fighting peasants .
             and counts, women and children. Tolstoy tenaciously held on to his belief that "the .
             common people, workers and peasants, were the important factors in resolving the .
             national crises of country.".

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