The Battle that Shook Europe: Poltava and the Birth of the Russian Empire

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'This victory', exulted Peter the Great, 'has laid the final stone in the foundations of St Petersburg!' The Battle of Poltava, 1709, marks the birth of the Tsar's vast Russian Empire. In 1700, seeking to open Russian trade routes to the West, the Tsar combined with Denmark, Saxony and Poland to attack Swedish hegemony in the North. Against the odds, King Charles XII of Sweden subdued the hostile coalition for nearly a decade, but in 1708 took his fatal decision to march for Moscow. His defeat at Poltava, in the Ukraine, proved the ...

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Overview

'This victory', exulted Peter the Great, 'has laid the final stone in the foundations of St Petersburg!' The Battle of Poltava, 1709, marks the birth of the Tsar's vast Russian Empire. In 1700, seeking to open Russian trade routes to the West, the Tsar combined with Denmark, Saxony and Poland to attack Swedish hegemony in the North. Against the odds, King Charles XII of Sweden subdued the hostile coalition for nearly a decade, but in 1708 took his fatal decision to march for Moscow. His defeat at Poltava, in the Ukraine, proved the turbaning-point of the Great Northern War, heralding the collapse of the Swedish Empire and the rise of Russia, the effects of which would be felt for almost three hundred years. Swedish historian Peter Englund's vivid account of the three violent days of battle is an internationally acclaimed classic of military history, admired by scholars and the lay reader alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780764764
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 634,450
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Englund is Professor of History at Uppsala University, Sweden's oldest and most prestigious seat of learning. He is heavily involved in the international media and has worked as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and the Balkans. He has recently been elected to the Swedish Academy, responsible for awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature. His bestselling The Battle that Shook Europe is recognized as the definitive work on the subject, and an international classic of the genre.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 
Prologue 
1. The Stoat 
2. The March
3. Sunday Morning 
4. The Road to Poltava 
5. The War 
6. The Campaign 
7. Anatomy of a Battlefield 
8. A Council of War 
9. Sunday Evening 
10. The Battle 
11. Let Us Go Forward 
12. Give the Enemy No Time 
13. Cavalry Forward!! Shot in Vain
14. Would God Roos Were Here 
15. They Are Leaving Their Lines
16. Not My Men but the King's 
17. Sheep to Sacrifical Slaughter 
18. No Musket-ball Will Hit 
19. As Grass Before a Scythe 
20. The Devil Couldn't Make Them
21. It Goes Ill
22. He Tramples Down 
23. All is Lost
24. To Gather in Retreat 
25. Bodies Mountain-High 
26. The Retreat
27. 100,000 Roubles 
28. Fight at My Command 
29. Would They Defend Themselves
30. Not Without Tears 
31. Epilogue 
32. A Fist Filled with Soil 
Sources and Literature
Biographical Appendix
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    Excellent historical review

    This was the best read I have had in awhile. Probably the best book on the time period since Robert K. Massie's Peter the Great. The reader could tell the book was written for a Swedish audience as it pondered the decisions of the King's high command. The author seems to second guess the idea that Sweden could have ever been a European miltary power and yet it is very well written. I truly understood the placement and movement of troops and I was swept up in fear and disbelief as the battle turned against the Swedes. The only critism I would have is that the sub-title is a bit misleading. It should have read: Poltava and the Death of the Swedish Empire. The book addressed the development of the Kingdom, its initial conquests, and, of course the devestating defeat in Russia. I would highly recommend the book for persons interested in the the early 18th century or the Northern War.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    Military history at its very best! Amazingly detailed and well-written account of an obscure yet decisive battle that helped to shape the history of Europe. The authors' finely crafted fast-moving narrative offers a soldiers' view of the experience of war. Hundreds of unpublished documents and letters provide the reader with an up close, eye-witness account of the battle. This book is hard to put down once you get into the first few chapters!

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    Posted January 21, 2011

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