Battle That Shook Europe: Poltava and the Birth of the Russian Empire

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The Battle of Poltava, 1709, marks the birth of Peter the Great’s vast Russian Empire. In 1700, the Tsar combined with Denmark, Saxony, and Poland to attack Swedish hegemony in the North. When the forces finally defeated King Charles XII of Sweden in 1708 at Poltava, in the Ukraine, it proved the turning-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 ...

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Overview

The Battle of Poltava, 1709, marks the birth of Peter the Great’s vast Russian Empire. In 1700, the Tsar combined with Denmark, Saxony, and Poland to attack Swedish hegemony in the North. When the forces finally defeated King Charles XII of Sweden in 1708 at Poltava, in the Ukraine, it proved the turning-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.

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"The most outstanding brilliant military history I've ever read" —Sunday Telegraph
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860648472
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,218,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Englund is a Professor at Uppsala University.

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Table of Contents

The Stoat
• The March:
• Sunday Morning
• The Road to Poltava
• The War
• The Campaign
• Anatomy of a Battlefield
• A Council of War
• Sunday Evening
• The Battle:
• Let Us Go Forward
• Give the Enemy No Time
• Cavalry Forward!! Shot in Vain
• Would God Roos Were Here
• They Are Leaving Their Lines
• Not My Men but the King’s
• Sheep to Sacrifical Slaughter
• No Musket-ball Will Hit
• As Grass Before a Scythe
• The Devil Couldn’t Make them
• It Goes Ill
• He Tramples Down
• All is Lost
• To Gather in Retreat
• Bodies Mountain-High
• The Retreat:
• 100,000 Roubles
• Fight at My Command
• Would They Defend Themselves
• Not Without Tears
• Epilogue:
• A Fist Filled with Soil

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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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