Muscovy'S Soldiers: The Emergence of the Russian Army 1462-1689 - Century of the Soldier (Paperback)
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Muscovy'S Soldiers: The Emergence of the Russian Army 1462-1689 - Century of the Soldier (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 15/07/2018
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The book describes and analyses the emergence of the early modern Russian army, before the military reforms introduced by Tsar Peter the Great brought it in line with developments in Western Europe. It will be shown that Tsar Peter's reforms, although decisive, rested on a legacy of previous reforms. Yet, the origin of the early modern Russian army can be found in the East, not the West. The close association during the Middle Ages with the Mongol Golden Horde had transformed the Muscovite military system into a Eurasian one. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, links with the Northern Caucasus and Siberia brought further Oriental influences into the Russian military system. While the Mongol legacy of the early Muscovite army has been described elsewhere, the real and continuous impact of Oriental influences in the early modern Russian army has not yet been detailed. Besides, the detailed information on the Russian army in 1673/1674 which can be found in the military handbook then produced by a Swedish intelligence officer has never been fully used in English-language works. This information shows that by the second half of the seventeenth century, Russia already had an army that although not up to date according to Western standards, still was able to hold its own against both Western and Eastern adversaries. The book ends with 1689, when Tsar Peter's reign began and Russia's border in the east with China was negotiated.

Publisher: Helion & Company
ISBN: 9781912390106
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 248 x 180 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a great reminder that the Muscovite military system in its origins looked more to the East than to the West. * Military History Monthly 09/01/2019 *
As usual, production quality is high, with well-written text and helpful illustrations... * Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis *
A very good work if the English Civil War is your cup of tea! * VaeVictis 01/03/2019 *

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