Strategy and Power in Russia 1600-1914 Kindle Edition
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Despite its size this book is not a "typical" academic work. "Typical" in this case begin defined as a dense work characterized by turgid prose. Yes, the topic is difficult, but Fuller writes so well and brings out so much interesting detail (detail that others would allow editors to cast off as unimportant) that it can safetly be said that if you could read only ONE book on the rise of Russian power then this would be the one. First rate!
(1) Maintaining the social status quo
(2) Defending an expansive border
(3) Making the most out of the limited resources at Russia's disposal
Russia was essentially a backward country compared to the emerging imperial powers of Europe in this period. It failed to produce products necessary for war; it lacked a centralized bureaucracy needed for tax collection and law enforcement; it was caught between choosing its western, eastern, or southern territorities. In the process of these disadvantages, Russian officials had to improvise. Improvisation was the fundamental Russian strategy for dealing with these three areas. In war, Russia's desperate need for men and machinery forced the Russian military to enact tactics such as luring in the enemy in the inclimate and unsteady Russian terrain and not losing wars and wearing the enemy down through attrition rather than offensively winning, as Peter the Great brilliantly executed and Napoleon suffered from. In peace, Russian statesmen may have held coherent strategies, but at perilous costs. To prevent revolution in the mid-19th century, the Csar eliminated Western thought from entering the loose kingdom; Russia would lose access to political, social, economic, and technological innovation as the rest of powers in Europe innovated dramatically.Read more ›
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This book was poorly scanned, with words bunched together every few sentences. But it's easy to read nevertheless. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John de Angelo
Brilliant and original, well-sourced and interpreted history. Right there with his "Civil-Military Conflict in Imperial Russia 1881-1914.Published 15 months ago by Upuaut
The information in the book is fantastic. However, concur with the other two reviews that the eReader version is awful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Elegant_Professional