New Book (2): Kulikovo 1380: the battle that made Russia

IMG_20190129_212026The second of the three books of mine coming out in February is in the Osprey ‘Campaign’ series. CAM 332, Kulikovo 1380: the battle that made Russia looks at this battle that was a genuine triumph for Muscovite Prince Dmitri Donskoi, but was turned into a much more decisive victory over the ‘Golden Horde’ through centuries of successive myth-making, as it became used first to launder Moscow’s reputation – from the Mongols’ prime agents to paladins of a new Russia – and then to claim credit by the Orthodox Church and to create a story of national military glories.

That mythology made writing the book all the more of a challenge, as so much of the received wisdom about the battle, from the clash of champions at the beginning onwards, is questionable, the accumulations of generations of chronicles embellishing the last. But that is also one of the things that made it a fun exercise in historical detective work. The irony is that the battle doesn’t need much titivation, as it’s a fascinating story of political opportunism, tactical cunning and brutal butchery, of ambush and subterfuge, Armenian archers and Genoese mercenaries, Lithuanian exiles and Mongol-Tatar horsemen, Russian boyars and militias, sacrifice and plunder…

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  1. Seamus Martin

     /  February 4, 2019

    So sorry I will miss you in Dublin. I was invited to lunch at the IIEA with you but will be undergoing a medical procedure on that day. Welcome to Dublin and best of luck. Seamus Martin

    On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 7:08 AM In Moscow’s Shadows wrote:

    > Mark Galeotti posted: “The second of the three books of mine coming out in > February is in the Osprey ‘Campaign’ series. CAM 332, Kulikovo 1380: the > battle that made Russia looks at this battle that was a genuine triumph for > Muscovite Prince Dmitri Donskoi, but was turned into a” >

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    • Mark Galeotti

       /  February 4, 2019

      Hopefully there will be another opportunity! Good luck with the procedure

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