As we have discussed in class, Leo Tolstoy spent a lot of time researching the history of Russia (and Europe) in the early 1800s to write War and Peace. Some instrumental characters in the book are based on historical figures including Napoleon and Tsar Alexander. I would argue that one of the reasons War and Peace is one of the most influential and popular books ever written is because of its basis in history, allowing people to relate and giving the book context in events real people experienced.
The first three books of War and Peace, or over 250 pages of the book cover the year 1805. Although this is an extreme, every other year receives at least a major section of one of the books. On the other hand, 1808 is covered in one sentence (367). If the historical context of War and Peace is so important, why is Tolstoy able to cover a whole year in three lines?