Reading for Tuesday, 20 January
And in this chapter, we get a bit more insight into Kutuzov’s approach to war. Coincidentally (not), it ties right in with Tolstoy’s view of history. Kutuzov’s plan is to pretty much just let things happen, neither really stopping anything nor really pushing anything – because he realises that history is driven along by little actions and that nothing he could propose would make much difference to it.
I still think in the real world, this kind of approach would be highly incompetent – but as the history books relate (or at least as War and Peace, which is widely regarded as the best history book on the 1812 wars anyway), Kutuzov’s approach to life turned out to be the best.
We shall see how it all pans out very shortly.