Poltava, 1709: Russia Comes of Age

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Osprey's examination of the Battle of Poltava (1709), which marked the demise of Sweden as a European great power and the rise of Russia. In 1707, the seemingly invincible Charles XII led his army deep into Russia. It was to prove his undoing - the long march eroded the fighting strength of the invaders; a vital supply convoy was lost; and the winter of 1708/9 was the worst in living memory. Drawing upon primary source material previously unseen in the west, Angus Konstam recounts the events, looking in ...

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Overview

Osprey's examination of the Battle of Poltava (1709), which marked the demise of Sweden as a European great power and the rise of Russia. In 1707, the seemingly invincible Charles XII led his army deep into Russia. It was to prove his undoing - the long march eroded the fighting strength of the invaders; a vital supply convoy was lost; and the winter of 1708/9 was the worst in living memory. Drawing upon primary source material previously unseen in the west, Angus Konstam recounts the events, looking in particular at how this battle led to the destruction of the Swedish Army.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855324169
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands and is the author of over 20 books for Osprey. Formerly the Curator of Weapons in the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, he also served as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. His maritime titles for Osprey include Elite 67: Pirates 1660-730, Elite 69: Buccaneers 1620-1700 and Elite 70: Elizabethan Sea Dogs 1560-1605. Angus lives in Edinburgh.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Great addition to the Osprey Campaign Series

    Osprey is to be congratulated for providing an account one of the more obscure campaigns in the history of Europe. This book offers the reader a good introductory overview to this phase of the Great Northern War that extended from 1700-1721. It is organized in sections that feature details about the Swedish and Russian armies (arms, uniforms, organization, tactics), the rival commanders, and background on the 1708-09 campaign that culminated in the battle of Poltava. Illustrations and maps are helpful, but the account of the actual battle of Poltava is rather brief. An order of battle and suggestions to those interested in setting up and recreating a miniature war game of the battle are obviously aimed at a more specific audience. For those readers seeking out a more detailed account of the Battle of Poltava, consult Peter Englund's outstanding THE BATTLE THAT SHOOK EUROPE: POLTAVA AND THE BIRTH OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE.

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