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5.0 out of 5 stars Stay Frosty
Excellent piece of sustained analysis of over 150 years of warfare along the Borderlands which also manages to give one a flavour of the thing. This period saw the rise of Sweden, something often linked with some perceived organisational advantages in the army of Gustav Adolph. Frost demonstrates why this was not so and the reason why Polish cavalry armies were sometimes...
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 by Charles Vasey

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Social rather than Military History
I have read a number of the books in the series, and until this one they have struck good balances between giving a coherent account of their subjects, and the wish to engage in detail with wider or deeper aspects of the wars in question. This volume does not do this; the focus is almost exclusively on the interaction between social and political arrangements in the...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay Frosty, 6 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: The Northern Wars: War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558 - 1721 (Modern Wars In Perspective) (Paperback)
Excellent piece of sustained analysis of over 150 years of warfare along the Borderlands which also manages to give one a flavour of the thing. This period saw the rise of Sweden, something often linked with some perceived organisational advantages in the army of Gustav Adolph. Frost demonstrates why this was not so and the reason why Polish cavalry armies were sometimes the best solution.

The subject is replete with names of rulers, battles and sieges but I found it admirably clear in getting to the underlying reasons of such events as the Time of Troubles and the Deluge. And of course there is the Gothick Meteor himself, Karl XII. Would that other histories were as clear and yet as good at giving you the sense of the atmosphere: the forest covered borders, the husariya charging home, the long sieges of the Baltic towns. Great stuff.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Social rather than Military History, 14 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: The Northern Wars: War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558 - 1721 (Modern Wars In Perspective) (Paperback)
I have read a number of the books in the series, and until this one they have struck good balances between giving a coherent account of their subjects, and the wish to engage in detail with wider or deeper aspects of the wars in question. This volume does not do this; the focus is almost exclusively on the interaction between social and political arrangements in the involved nations, and their ability to put armies of different configurations in the field. The accounts of the courses of the wars, far less the individual campaigns are cursory in the extreme, and they take place in isolation from wider contemporary events, though not of course from the ever-present background of social and military structures. The author makes no concessions to help the non-expert; as an example, foreign language terms for institutions are always used, often similar but different for the various nations, and I found myself constantly referring to the glossary. I write this review not to decry the obvious scholarship of the author, but to warn any prospective reader that this is not the book to read in order to acquire a decent understanding of the causes, courses, and outcomes of the Northern Wars, or indeed of the military achievements of the Swedish Kings, Gustavus Adolphous, and Charles XII, or Peter the Great of Russia, or anyone else.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly dull, 2 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Northern Wars: War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558 - 1721 (Modern Wars In Perspective) (Paperback)
A great, fascinating, exciting subject made mind-numbingly dull by endless facts, figures, percentages, blah blah blah. This book is as dull and as dry as the historic records from which it stems. Much academic work has clearly gone into it, but it's a lousy read, entirely bereft of verve or excitement or any kind of panache.
Reading this has been a gruelling experience, not one I ever intend to repeat.
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