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Does the novel War and Peace use dates from the Julian Calendar?

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2012-08-27 03:38:49

Yes.

For exampe, chapter 19 begins:

"On the twenty-fourth of August the battle of the Shevardino

Redoubt was fought, on the twenty-fifth not a shot was fired by

either side, and on the twenty-sixth the battle of Borodino itself

took place."

But, the Battle of Borodino was fought on 7 September 1812.

This discrepancy is resolved if Tolstoy uses Julian dates:

26 Aug 1812 (Julian) = 7 Sep 1812 (Gregorian)


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