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From the Publisher"Stone does an artful job of recounting over 500 years of Russian military campaigns and explaining the complex and reciprocal relationships between the military and society in Russia, as well as Russia's role in Western military history (e.g., the triumph against Napoleon), enacted at the expense of its economic and civic gains. He clarifies Russia's place in the ebb and flow of alliances among emerging nation states in Europe. Every Russian history written in the past 20 years contains much of the same information that Stone presents, but he has a notable ability to clarify military history and thereby Russian history generally….[h]is style will catch the eye of students and casual readers. Recommended for public, high school, and college libraries."
"Stone provides a relatively brief but commendably well-balanced survey of Russian military history from the earliest years of the Kievan Rus state to the present. Whereas most studies of the Russian military concentrate on the events of the past two centuries, this book offers a cogent account of earlier years, including military innovations and wars during the time of Ivan the Terrible and the complicated military history of Peter the Great's reign. Moreover, the author succeeds admirably in his intention not only to include descriptions of the major battles, campaigns, and wars fought by the Russians, but also to discuss the interrelationship of military affairs with the development of the Russian state and society….The book can be read with great profit by anyone interested in Russian military history. Recommended. All levels/libraries."
"This textbook - the first to appear in forty years - should prove invaluable to students, while specialists, too, will learn a great deal."
"[A] first-rate, crystal-clear history of five centuries of Russian military operations, from which I have learned a great deal."
The International History Review