Soldiers of the Tsar: Army and Society in Russia, 1462-1874

TitleSoldiers of the Tsar: Army and Society in Russia, 1462-1874
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsKeep, John L. H.
Number of Pages432
PublisherClarendon Press

This volume explores the military aspects of Russian society and the "service state" from its 15th-century origins until its obsolescence in the age of mass conscription and mechanized warfare. The author examines the complex interplay of military and civilian elements in Russia's administration; the social and economic impact of the armed forces; the way officers and men were recruited and the conditions in which they worked; and the development of opposition to military dominance. Focusing on the human rather than the technical aspects of military history, this book offers a rare picture of the inner life of the armed forces and of the Russian political and social system under the tsars.

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