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Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700 : Warfare and History - Brian Davies

Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700

Warfare and History

Paperback Published: 30th April 2007
ISBN: 9780415239868
Number Of Pages: 256

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This crucial period in Russia's history has, up until now, been neglected by historians, but here Brian L. Davies' study provides an essential insight into the emergence of Russia as a great power.

For nearly three centuries, Russia vied with the Crimean Khanate, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire for mastery of the Ukraine and the fertile steppes above the Black Sea, a region of great strategic and economic importance - arguably the pivot of Eurasia at the time.

The long campaign took a great toll upon Russia's population, economy and institutions, and repeatedly frustrated or redefined Russian military and diplomatic projects in the West.

The struggle was every bit as important as Russia's wars in northern and central Europe for driving the Russian state-building process, forcing military reform and shaping Russia's visions of Empire.

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'Davies has written a complex history of a complex and significant borderland.' -- The Russian Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of archival sourcesp. viii
List of abbreviationsp. ix
Frontispiece Map Ip. xii
Frontispiece Map IIp. xiv
Colonization, war, and slaveraiding on the Black Sea steppe in the sixteenth centuryp. 1
Early Polish-Lithuanian and Muscovite expansion towards the Black Seap. 1
The Crimean Khanate and the Ottoman Empirep. 6
Poland-Lithuania and the Ottoman-Tatar alliancep. 9
Muscovy and the Ottoman-Tatar alliancep. 11
Crimean Tatar invasionsp. 17
Crimean Tatar slaveraidingp. 23
The Nogais and Kalmyksp. 27
The formation of the cossack Hostsp. 29
Poland-Lithuania's southern frontier defense systemp. 33
Southern frontier security: the Muscovite approachp. 39
Muscovy's southern borderland defense strategy, 1500-1635p. 41
The Bank Arrayp. 42
The Abatis Linep. 44
Command-and-controlp. 47
Mobilizations and logisticsp. 49
Tacticsp. 52
Combined operationsp. 56
Town garrisonsp. 59
Reconnaissance, sorties, and siegesp. 61
The changing social profile of military colonizationp. 64
Borderland defenses after the Troublesp. 66
Military reform for the Smolensk campaignp. 70
The Smolensk War and its impact on southern Muscovyp. 73
The Belgorod Linep. 78
New danger from the Khanatep. 78
Refortifying the Abatis Linep. 79
New methods of military colonizationp. 81
The odnodvortsyp. 85
The Azov crisis and the founding of the Belgorod Linep. 88
The first Don expeditions by Muscovite forcesp. 95
Cossack unrest in Commonwealth Ukrainep. 97
Impact on Muscovyp. 100
Bohdan Khmel'nyts'kyi's revoltp. 103
The decision to intervenep. 106
The consequences of the Pereiaslav Agreementp. 111
The Ukrainian quagmirep. 115
The Thirteen Years' War: the first phase, 1654-1657p. 115
The revolt of Hetman Vyhovs'kyi, 1657-1659p. 125
Expanding the foreign formationsp. 132
From Chudnovo to Glukhov, 1659-1664p. 142
Stalematep. 148
The Andrusovo Armistice and the new Ottoman threatp. 150
The Chyhyryn campaigns and the wars of the Holy Leaguep. 155
Ottoman military intervention in Ukraine, 1669-1676p. 155
The First Russo-Turkish War, 1676-1681p. 159
Improving logistics and command-and-controlp. 172
Muscovy in the Holy Leaguep. 175
The Azov campaigns of Peter Ip. 183
The balance of power at century's endp. 188
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealthp. 188
The Crimean Khanatep. 190
Ottoman power on the northern Black Sea coastp. 193
The cossack politiesp. 198
Muscovyp. 201
Notesp. 208
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780415239868
ISBN-10: 0415239869
Series: Warfare and History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th April 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1