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Armies of Ivan the Terrible: Russian Troops 1505-1700: Russian Armies 1505-c.1700 (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – 10 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841769258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841769257
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Well written and organized, the "Armies of Ivan the Terrible" is another in the great line of Osprey publications. That is is beautifully illustrated by Angus McBride, this reviewer's favorite Osprey illustrator, makes this book a must for anyone interested in this period." -Bolling Smith, "Coast Defense Journal"

"Well written and organized, the "Armies of Ivan the Terrible" is another in the great line of Osprey publications. That is is beautifully illustrated by Angus McBride, this reviewer's favorite Osprey illustrator, makes this book a must for anyone interested in this period." -Bolling Smith, "Coast Defense Journal"

Well written and organized, the Armies of Ivan the Terrible is another in the great line of Osprey publications. That is is beautifully illustrated by Angus McBride, this reviewer's favorite Osprey illustrator, makes this book a must for anyone interested in this period. Bolling Smith, Coast Defense Journal"

About the Author

David Nicolle was born in 1944. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before gaining a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written many books and articles on medieval warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives in Leicestershire, UK. Viacheslac Shpakovsky was born in 1954. He teaches in the History Department of Penza University in Penza, Russia. He has written a number of articles on various aspects of Russian and military history for both academic journals and popular magazines in Russia. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators and has contributed to more than 90 Osprey titles. Born in 1931, he worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives in Cape Town.


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Having grown a bit bored with the history of 15/16th century England, I was intrigued having gone through Osprey military series to find this book on The Armies of Ivan The Terrible. As is so often the case when a powerful overlord or dictator comes to power, the first thing they do is re-organise (if they have not already) the military, which lets face it is how most historical leaders held on to power in those days anyway. Detailing how The Cavelary, Streltsy (armed musketmen), Cossacks & infantry were organised plus also the various enemies (Kazan Tarters etc) are also looked into & the different military instalations these armies worked & fought out of.
This book is a great (if some what slim) read with fine illustrations by the late Angus Mcbride, & makes me want to now concentrate on medieval Russian military exploits. Review submitted by Major Easy (Simply Browns`s partner).
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As usual "author" Nicolle doesn't have a clue about Slavic and Eastern European history and matters...

Unable to manage the matter on his own he wisely (?) takes the help of a Russian historian...
But Nicolle's ignorance on the subject leaves him completely in the hands of a historian that follows a chauvinistic Russian history tradition. Facts are omitted, fabricated or bent out of shape, all to suit a Russian nationalist point of view.

The huge Polish political and military influence on Russia of those days is here completely omitted, just the way chauvinistic Russian historians since ages always have tried to do in order to hide and forget that obviously inconvenient fact.
This is like trying to describe England's Napoleonic wars and as much as possible trying to avoid mentioning Revolutionary France!

The fact is that for a long time during this period the balance of power could have gone either way and it was rather by chance that Russia and not Poland became the power house in Eastern Europe - in spite of for instance the placing of a Polish Tzar on the Mucovite throne in 1610 by Polish forces.
In fact it was the Polish-Lithuanian dominance that stopped Russian expansion westwards for over a century, and was a reason for the Russian expansion towards Siberia instead.

This book, on the contrary, makes every effort not to mention this Polish-Russian struggle. At times it becomes comic, like the use of parts of the Polish painting depicting the battle of Orsha in 1512 and never mentioning that it actually shows a devastating Russian defeat against...a much lesser Polish force. Or when (several times) mentioning the Zaporozhian Cossacks that marched upon Moscow in 1618 and being defeated.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Ivan, Not Helpful 22 July 2014
By M. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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Point one, don't be fooled by the title. Out of this too-slender volume, maybe two pages are dedicated to Ivan's armies. Most of the photos and writing describe armies as much as three centuries after Ivan.

Point two, for the price, this book is a ripoff anyway. It's little more than a brochure.

I bought this book because as a freelance writer-editor, I needed background for a historical novel I was working on set in sixteenth-century Russia. Frankly, I found more from judicious website searching than I did by reading this book, so it wasn't helpful at all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, mediocre outcome 23 Feb. 2006
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I preordered this book with the greatest excitement. I had been wondering if Osprey would ever cover 16th and 17th C. Muscovy. Being a writer myself, I would have proposed this book had I not been locked in the NW USA with mediocre Russian language skills and no access to original sources, battlefields, and equipment. Unfortunatley Shpakovsky and Nicolle, who between them had everything I did not, did not write anything in this book that I didn't already have in English-language secondary sources. (I'll make a concession here - the section on fortifications has some very interesting marterial)

The first star I give just for somebody writing a book on this sorely neglected subject. I give the second star for all of the photographs of period pictures and military equipment. I would have bought the book just for them.

After these items, though, I can't say much for the book. The research seems to have been lazy and carries a very heavy "Great Russian" bias. I can inderstand this so some extent - all historians have their biases (although mature historians are aware of their own biases and try to cover the bases a bit more), but some of the comments are simply demeaning to Russia's neighbors. Choice was the timeline entry for the 1648 Cossack uprising - here called "the war to unite the Ukraine with Muscovite Russia," an description of the events that was formed only in the 1950s in Soviet Russia. This indicated not only bias, but poor research.

The plates are enjoyable, but have a disturbingly sharp resemblance to the plates of M.V. Gorelik's "Warrior's of Eurasia." Unfortunatley this book is out of print. But it seems that almost every figure from Gorelik's plates that was relevant to this topic has been copied right down to the details. I know that they would both be based on similar original sources, but the consistency of the similarities is disturbing. Unlike many of Nicolle's other (very good) Osprey works, no sources are given for the plates). Also, some of the plates are not as relevant to the test - esp. the Cossacks. The text deals mostly with the Don and other Eastern Cossacks, yet the plate only shows Ukrainian/Zaporozhian Cossacks. Finally, although I enjoy McBride's work, it seems a little rough here. The horses, especially, are starting to look a little disproportionate and weird! (just see the fron t cover pic.)

Ultimately, I just hope (although I fear that this is the case) that Osprey and other publishers will not neglect this niche of history, thinking that it has been "filled" by this book. I'm afraid we just get one book on this topic, and it's just not very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Armies of Ivan the Terrible 24 Oct. 2007
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot vouch for the historical accuracy of this book, but its content is presented in a concise and readable fashion, and it is well-endowed with excellent plates by Angus McBride. This title seems to be another humorous case of David Nicolle's habit of naming books covering a several century span after one man (as he did with Attila, Arthur, Saladin, and El Cid).
5.0 out of 5 stars quick history 23 Feb. 2013
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Nice collection of war knowledge from past, organized in a simple manner, easy to read and follow. Very short quick reads.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Addition to the Osprey Line 18 Feb. 2006
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A much needed addition to the Osprey line. The title can be a bit deceiving, as the book is not strictly about Ivan the Terrible's army, but covers a 200 year period beginning before Ivan's reign and finishing at the beginning of Peter I's ascension to the throne.

The authors are David Nicolle, an Osprey hall-of-famer, and V Shpakovsky, a newer author who is becoming one of my favorites. The main thesis seems to be that Peter's refoms didn't happen out of nowhere, but were built on the innovations of his predecessors. I remain unconvinced on this issue. Still, the volume has more than enough to recommend it.

Beginning with a quick look at the Russian army in 1500, the authors go on to describe Ivan's innovations, including the Streltsi, Oprichniki, improvements in the cavalry and artillery. A look at the Russian army in the 17th century follows including fortisfications. A brief section on the Cossacks and Lithuania closes out the text. There is not much on the actual campaigns and battles, but rather the focus is on organization, technology and uniforms.

Angus McBride does the color plates. I am not a big fan of Mr. McBride's, which in fairness, probably puts me in the minority, but its my opinion. I find his figures biomechanically challenged and lacking continuity or rhythm. The plates do however convey the necessay information well.
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