Further Reading

Thomas Hardy was an English author who lived at approximately the same time as Tolstoy. One of the crowning achievements of his later life was […]

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was born to an upper-class Russian family on September 9, 1828, at the family’s estate in Tula province, Russia. His father was Count […]


War and Peace is a historical novel that chronicles the tumultuous events in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century. Focusing on […]

Plot Summary

A Book I War and Peace is a massive, sprawling novel that chronicles events in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, when the French emperor Napoleon […]


A Class Conflict Although there is not much open conflict between members of the different classes of this novel, there is an underlying tension between […]


A Structure Since War and Peace was first published, critics have discussed the ambiguous structure of the novel. Some contend that Tolstoy raced through the […]


Find out about the music that would have been played at Russian society gatherings in the 1800s and 1810s. Play some samples for your class. […]