Russia's Wars of Emergence 1460-1730

Russia's Wars of Emergence 1460-1730

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Russia's emergence as a Great Power in the eighteenth century is usually attributed to Peter I's radical programme of 'Westernising' reforms. But the Russian military did not simply copy European armies. Adapting the tactics of its neighbours on both sides, Russia created a powerful strategy of its own, integrating steppe defence with European concerns. In Russia's Wars of Emergence, Carol Belkin Stevens examines the social and political factors underpinning Muscovite military history, the eventual success of the Russian Empire and the sacrifices made for power.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 20.57mm | 563g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138836761
  • 9781138836761

Table of contents

PART I 1450-1598



The constituents for Muscovite power, c.1450


Creating a Muscovite army, 1462-1533


The army that won an empire





PART II 1598-1697



The political prelude to military reform


The Thirteen Years' War, 1654-67


The steppe frontier after Razzin, 1672-97





PART III 1698-1730



Peter the Great and the beginning of the Great Northern War


Military instiutionalization after Poltava



Conclusion: Russiawithout Peter
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About Carol Stevens

Carol Belkin Stevens is an Associate Professor at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, specialising in early modern Russia. She is the author of Soldiers on the Steppe (1996) and has been published in numerous journals including Russian History.
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