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Posted January 21, 2000
The book offers a view to the military aspects in the society of the Kievan Rus¿. Scandinavian influence in the formation of this first Russian state is widely known but as David Nicolle points out, the nomadic steppe state of the Khazars had a remarkable role, too. Appearance and tactics of the Russian army of the time were thereby mixture of western and eastern ones. Writer gives a quite detailed account of the organisational and social structure of the armies in question. Equipment, tactics and military architecture are also presented. Eight pages of colour plates provide reconstructions of costume, arms and armour, based on archaelogical evidence and contemporary pictures. Artwork is made by Angus McBride and it is superb as usually. I really hope that Osprey will some day publish a volume of such a high standard as this one covering period in the Russian history from the Mongol conquest to the Petrine era.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 2009
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