Soldiers of the Tsar: Army and Society in Russia, 1462-1874 by John L. Keep

By John L. Keep

Even if trendy amazing Soviet warfare computing device has pre-revolutionary roots is an issue for debate between historians. however it is widely known that the grand princes of Moscow created a harsh yet powerful process for mobilizing males for army reasons that lasted for almost 500 years. This quantity explores the army features of Russian society and the "service nation" from its 15th-century origins till its obsolescence within the age of mass conscription and mechanized conflict. the writer examines the complicated interaction of army and civilian parts in Russia's management; the social and financial effect of the defense force; the way in which officials and males have been recruited and the stipulations within which they labored; and the advance of competition to army dominance. concentrating on the human instead of the technical elements of army background, this publication bargains a unprecedented photograph of the internal lifetime of the defense force and of the Russian political and social method below the tsars.

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By John L. Keep

Even if trendy amazing Soviet warfare computing device has pre-revolutionary roots is an issue for debate between historians. however it is widely known that the grand princes of Moscow created a harsh yet powerful process for mobilizing males for army reasons that lasted for almost 500 years. This quantity explores the army features of Russian society and the "service nation" from its 15th-century origins till its obsolescence within the age of mass conscription and mechanized conflict. the writer examines the complicated interaction of army and civilian parts in Russia's management; the social and financial effect of the defense force; the way in which officials and males have been recruited and the stipulations within which they labored; and the advance of competition to army dominance. concentrating on the human instead of the technical elements of army background, this publication bargains a unprecedented photograph of the internal lifetime of the defense force and of the Russian political and social method below the tsars.

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They had nothing in common with us. We proceeded from the assumption of this absolute antagonism and consequently included within our ranks absolutely all members of our society, enlisted personnel or officers, both front and rear. The border between us and them did not pass within the societies but around their exteriors. The assumption of the psychological unity and harmony of society (in which there were no internal enemies) among many of our countrymen gave birth to the distinct hope that this feature of the military world would transfer to the civilian world.

One other kind of source material especially dear to me is a series of interviews with people who lived through the postwar period and who now offer their testimony on the events of that time. Among my interview subjects were journalist Iurii Apenchenko, historian Pavel Volobuev, journalist and literary critic Igor Dedkov, journalist and economist Otto Latsis, writer Viacheslav Kondratiev, historian Iurii Sharapov, and dozens of people who wished to remain anonymous but whose assessments, opinions, judgments, or life stories helped me to understand, and, especially, to feel that dramatic and far from simple time.

While we have statistics, however imprecise, on the wartime losses, until this day we lack figures on those who died of wounds and illnesses after the war. 18 The invalids, more even than the other veterans, were in need not only of surgery or medication but of psychological treatment as well. 19 Much more complicated for the invalids than for the other veterans was the search for work, and the situation of those who had lost their sight was practically hopeless. Without supplementary income, it was very difficult, almost impossible, to live on a single invalid’s pension.

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