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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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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Routledge
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Published on
Sep 13, 2013
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781317893295
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Language
English
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History / Europe / Eastern
History / General
History / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
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