Russia's Wars of Emergence 1460-1730

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Routledge, Sep 13, 2013 - History - 352 pages

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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List ofmapsAcknowledgements
The constituentsof Muscovite power c 1450
Creating a Muscovite army 14621533
The armythatwon anempire Overview
The Livonian challenge
The political prelude to military reform
The steppefrontier after Razin 167297
Military institutionalization after Poltava
The Ottoman catastrophe
A delicatebalance The social and fiscal bases of durable military reform
PART II15981697

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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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