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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP writes:

A very useful book, especially the earlier portion.

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HillervonGaertringen Sponsoring Member of TMP of Helion and Company writes:

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Muscovy's Soldiers: The Emergence of the Russian Army (1462-1689)

Muscovy's Soldiers

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 16th and 17th 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 17th 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.

Muscovy's Soldiers

248mm x 180mm
192 pages
60 black-and-white illustrations/photos
8 pages of color plates
3 maps
4 tables

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