Bayonets Before Bullets

Bayonets Before Bullets : The Imperial Russian Army, 1861-1914

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In the first comprehensive institutional and operational history of the Imperial Russian Army during the crucial period of its modernisation, Bruce W. Menning surveys the development of organisation, doctrine, and strategy from the aftermath of Russia's defeat in the Crimean War through the wars against Turkey in 1877-1878 and Japan in 1904-1905, to the eve of World War I. Menning weaves analysis of reforms in technology and military art with lively accounts of combat operations and portraits of the personalities involved. Enhanced by superb battlefield maps, operational diagrams, and rare photographs of the leading Russian military commanders, "Bayonets Before Bullets" offers a fascinating account of the Russian Army's struggle to modernise during a critical era of change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 167.6 x 233.7 x 16.8mm | 547.41g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253213800
  • 9780253213808

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Army of D.A. Miliutin and M.I. Dragomirov 2. Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878 3. The Army of P.S. Vannovskii and A.N. Kuropatkin 4. The Legacy of G.A. Leer and M.I. Dragomirov 5. Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905 6. Theory and Structure, 1905-1914: Young Turks and Old Realities 7. Dilemmas of Design and Application, 1905-1914 Conclusions Notes Bibliography Index
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"... this is an impressively researched book that examines not only military affairs but also issues concerning diplomacy, economy and technology... well written and tightly organised[,] it is a pleasure to read." --The Russian Review "Satisfying and substantive, this book represents a sophisticated contribution to an important topic." --American Historical Review " ... outstanding institutional and doctrinal history of the Russian army from the military reforms following the Crimean War to the outbreak of war in 1914 ... " --Publishers Weekly " ... genuinely significant, barrier-breaking ... brilliant, classically written ... This superb, timely and timeless book will be the foundation upon which all future books on this fascinating, too-little-explored subject will build." --Military Review " ... brilliant synthesis of the evolution of the Russian army in a critical half century." --The Journal of Military History "Menning provides the definitive English-language account of military thought, army organisation, and combat experience of late Imperial Russia. His multifaceted work is also a model of how military historians should look at the development of the armed forces of any country." -- War in History "I can recommend no better guide to understanding the contours of today's Russian military crisis than this book about that institution's grandparent... This is a startlingly timely work of history." -- Military Review "... brilliant synthesis of the evolution of the Russian army in a critical half century." -- Journal of Military History "Satisfying and substantive, this book represents a sophisticated contribution to an important topic." -- Slavic Review "This book is military history as it should be written. A must read for any scholar or amateur interested in late-nineteenth century military history, it is an important book in the context of the new Balkan tragedy as well as in that of the Russian army's current search for a new direction." -- European Studies Journal
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