Polish Armies of the Partitions 1770-94

Polish Armies of the Partitions 1770-94

by Vincent W. Rospond, Raffaele Ruggeri
     
 

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The tragic national epic of Polish history began in these late 18th-century wars. Under Poland's Saxon monarchy, Russia and Prussia constantly meddled in the affairs of the Kingdom. In 1768 a civil war broke out between pro-Russian 'Commonwealth' Poles and 'Confederate' patriots who opposed foreign intervention; Russia intervened directly, and the First Partition

Overview

The tragic national epic of Polish history began in these late 18th-century wars. Under Poland's Saxon monarchy, Russia and Prussia constantly meddled in the affairs of the Kingdom. In 1768 a civil war broke out between pro-Russian 'Commonwealth' Poles and 'Confederate' patriots who opposed foreign intervention; Russia intervened directly, and the First Partition followed in 1772. Guerrilla resistance continued, and anti-Russian political moves were snuffed out by a second Russian invasion in 1792. Following a Second Partition between Russia and Prussia in 1793, Poland's national hero Thaddeus Kosciusko led a national uprising against the invaders in April 1794. After remarkable victories against the odds at Raclawice and Warsaw, the patriots were finally defeated by the combined armies of Prussia and Russia at Maciejowice. This led to the Third Partition of 1795, between Prussia, Russia, and Austria, and Poland ceased to exist as a political nation. Featuring specially commissioned full-color illustrations, this is the epic story of Poland's doomed struggle to remain independent in the face of aggression from its neighbours in the late 18th century.

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"...richly illustrated with images of Kosciuszko and other soldiers, including some in quite exotic uniforms, who fought in the doomed struggle to preserve Poland’s independence in the face of aggressive neighbors."
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (May 2013) 

"...offers a fine survey of the Polish-Lithuanian armies of the late 18th century. From their organization and their distinctions to historic battles and confrontations, this history is illustrated with a combination of rare early images and colorful artwork which brings to life the uniforms, equipment and statistics of the Polish armies. Highly recommended!"
- The Midwest Book Review (April 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780963747
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/20/2013
Series:
Men-at-Arms , #485
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Vincent W. Rospond received his Masters in Eastern European History from the University of Illinois as well as studying at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He has spent almost 20 years as an executive in the publishing and gaming industry. Vincent caught the history bug early and has spent the past 50 years collecting books and miscellanea covering his interests, and he has written articles on a variety of historical periods. He currently lives at the sunny New Jersey shore with his wife, kids and dog.
Raffaele Ruggeri was born in Bologna where he works and lives with his wife. After studying at the Fine Arts Academy he worked in several areas of graphics and design before deciding to devote himself to illustration. He has long been interested in military history and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey.

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