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The Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Catherine II and the Ottoman Empire (Hardback)
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The Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Catherine II and the Ottoman Empire (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 28/01/2016
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The Russo-Turkish War was one of the most decisive conflicts of the 18th century. In this book, Brian Davies offers a thorough survey of the war and explains why it was crucial to the political triumph of Catherine the Great, the southward expansion of the Russian Empire, and the rollback of Ottoman power from southeastern Europe. The war completed the incorporation of Ukraine into the Russian Empire, ended the independence of the great Cossack hosts, removed once and for all the military threat from the Crimean Khanate, began the partitions of Poland, and encouraged Catherine II to plan projects to complete the "liberation" of the lower Danubian and Balkan Slavs and Greeks. The war legitimated and secured the power of Catherine II, finally made the Pontic steppe safe for agricultural colonization, and won ports enabling Russia to control the Black Sea and become a leading grain exporter. Traditionally historians (Sorel, for example) have treated this war as the beginning of the "Eastern Question," the question of how the European powers should manage the decline of the Ottoman Empire. A thorough grasp of the Russo-Turkish War is essential to understanding the complexity and volatility of diplomacy in 18th-century Europe. This book will be an invaluable resource for all scholars and students on European military history and the history of Eastern Europe.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472512932
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm


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Brian L. Davies's new monograph is much to be welcomed ... The reader comes away with a strong sense of the complexities and interconnections of East European and Black Sea affairs in the mid-eighteenth century and again in the aftermath of the war. * Journal of Modern History *
Brian Davies's monograph expertly and succinctly analyses the complicated conflict and offers political background to each of the war's many fronts ... This is an excellent account of the war for experts and students of European strategic affairs. * European History Quarterly *
Brian L. Davies has an established position as one of the foremost military historians of early modern Russia. His latest book is a comprehensive and detailed study - the first for over a century - of the Empress Catherine the Great's first Ottoman War (1768-74). This ended by establishing Russia on the northern shore of the Black Sea and in the Caucasus, thereby facilitating its further expansion during the later eighteenth century and in particular enabling the Russian seizure of the Crimea (1783-84). Professor Davies is an authoritative guide to some complex events, which are of enduring importance: the origin of many of the present-day problems of eastern Europe are to be found in the fighting and its aftermath. * Professor Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow, UK *
This new study of Catherine II's first Turkish war constitutes the fourth volume of Russian historian Brian Davies' work on eighteenth century Eurasia, which he has consciously modeled on William S. McNeill's classic Europe's Steppe Frontier 1500-1800. Though focusing primarily on the 1768-74 war, the narrative is comprehensive about the military and diplomatic environments of both Russian and Ottoman courts. Davies' expertise in Russian military history is matched here with a sincere effort to reach into the less well developed Ottoman side, resulting in a rare, balanced understanding of the imperatives and impact of the long confrontation on the Danube. * Virginia H. Aksan, McMaster University, Canada *

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