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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy




"The French attributed the Fire of Moscow au patriotisme féroce de Rostopchíne [To Rostopchín’s ferocious patriotism], the Russians to the barbarity of the French. In reality, however, it was not, and could not be, possible to explain the burning of Moscow by making any individual, or any group of people, responsible for it....In peacetime it is only necessary to billet troops in the villages of any district and the number of fires in that district immediately increases. How much then must the probability of fire be increased in an abandoned, wooden town where foreign troops are quartered." - War and Peace

It was WWII where the country was deliberately made desolate to frustrate Hitler's approaching forces. Supply lines can only stretch so far before armies start to starve and freeze without productive pillage.