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Men-At-Arms Series #333: Armies of Medieval Russia, 750-1250by David Nicolle
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In the centuries following the first expeditions down the great rivers of northern Russia by Viking traders and adventurers, the foundations for a new state were laid. Many influences combined in this colourful culture which grew up first around the great cities of Kiev and Novgorod - Scandinavian, Finnish, Slav, steppe Turkish, Byzantine. By the time of the Mongol invasions of the 12th century the small enclaves of the old pagan Rus, tolerated by the Khazar Khans for their commercial usefulness, had evolved into a Christian nation. Its story is told here in fascinating detail, and illustrated with striking colour reconstructions of the warriors themselves.
During the Medieval period the many rivers that crossed the Russian steppes proved to be the arteries of trade and warfare between Scandinavia, the West, Byzantium and the world of Islam. The societies that arose on the banks of these rivers were the result of this wide variety of influences, reflected in their military history. This title covers these societies, from the foundation of Kiev by the pagan Rus' through the many internecine and external wars, the rise of the Novgorod Empire to the incursions of the Mongols and the many battles of Prince Alexander Nevski. With stunning art by Mr. Angus McBride.
About the Author
David Nicolle PhD was born in 1944 and was educated at Highgate School. For eight years he worked in the BBC Arabic Service. In 1971 he went 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. For some years he taught art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. David has written many Osprey titles, including MAA 140 Armies of the Ottoman Turks, MAA 320 Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098, and Campaign 43 Fornovo 1495.
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