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Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700 [NOOK Book]

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This crucial period in Russia's history has, up until now, been neglected by historians, but here Brian L. Davies' study provides an essential insight into the emergence of Russia as a great power.


For nearly three centuries, Russia vied with the Crimean Khanate, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire for mastery of the Ukraine and the fertile steppes...

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Warfare, State and Society on the Black Sea Steppe, 1500-1700

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Overview

This crucial period in Russia's history has, up until now, been neglected by historians, but here Brian L. Davies' study provides an essential insight into the emergence of Russia as a great power.


For nearly three centuries, Russia vied with the Crimean Khanate, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire for mastery of the Ukraine and the fertile steppes above the Black Sea, a region of great strategic and economic importance – arguably the pivot of Eurasia at the time.


The long campaign took a great toll upon Russia's population, economy and institutions, and repeatedly frustrated or redefined Russian military and diplomatic projects in the West.


The struggle was every bit as important as Russia's wars in northern and central Europe for driving the Russian state-building process, forcing military reform and shaping Russia's visions of Empire.

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'Davies has written a complex history of a complex and significant borderland.'The Russian Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134552825
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/4/2014
  • Series: Warfare and History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Brian L. Davies is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His publications include State Power and Community in Early Modern Russia: The Case of Kozlov, 1635-1649 (2004).

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
List of archival sources     viii
List of abbreviations     ix
Frontispiece Map I     xii
Frontispiece Map II     xiv
Colonization, war, and slaveraiding on the Black Sea steppe in the sixteenth century     1
Early Polish-Lithuanian and Muscovite expansion towards the Black Sea     1
The Crimean Khanate and the Ottoman Empire     6
Poland-Lithuania and the Ottoman-Tatar alliance     9
Muscovy and the Ottoman-Tatar alliance     11
Crimean Tatar invasions     17
Crimean Tatar slaveraiding     23
The Nogais and Kalmyks     27
The formation of the cossack Hosts     29
Poland-Lithuania's southern frontier defense system     33
Southern frontier security: the Muscovite approach     39
Muscovy's southern borderland defense strategy, 1500-1635     41
The Bank Array     42
The Abatis Line     44
Command-and-control     47
Mobilizations and logistics     49
Tactics     52
Combined operations     56
Town garrisons     59
Reconnaissance, sorties, and sieges     61
The changing socialprofile of military colonization     64
Borderland defenses after the Troubles     66
Military reform for the Smolensk campaign     70
The Smolensk War and its impact on southern Muscovy     73
The Belgorod Line     78
New danger from the Khanate     78
Refortifying the Abatis Line     79
New methods of military colonization     81
The odnodvortsy     85
The Azov crisis and the founding of the Belgorod Line     88
The first Don expeditions by Muscovite forces     95
Cossack unrest in Commonwealth Ukraine     97
Impact on Muscovy     100
Bohdan Khmel'nyts'kyi's revolt     103
The decision to intervene     106
The consequences of the Pereiaslav Agreement     111
The Ukrainian quagmire     115
The Thirteen Years' War: the first phase, 1654-1657     115
The revolt of Hetman Vyhovs'kyi, 1657-1659     125
Expanding the foreign formations     132
From Chudnovo to Glukhov, 1659-1664     142
Stalemate     148
The Andrusovo Armistice and the new Ottoman threat     150
The Chyhyryn campaigns and the wars of the Holy League     155
Ottoman military intervention in Ukraine, 1669-1676     155
The First Russo-Turkish War, 1676-1681     159
Improving logistics and command-and-control     172
Muscovy in the Holy League     175
The Azov campaigns of Peter I     183
The balance of power at century's end     188
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth     188
The Crimean Khanate     190
Ottoman power on the northern Black Sea coast     193
The cossack polities     198
Muscovy     201
Notes     208
Bibliography     223
Index     249
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