In War on the Eve of Nations: Conflicts and Militaries in Eastern Europe, 1450–1500, Vladimir Shirogorov examines how Eastern European armed forces produced critical geopolitical changes in the region. Analyzing the interactions between changes in warfare and the nation-building process, Shirogorov focuses on developments regarding the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Muscovy, Sweden, the Kazan Khanate, and Ottoman Turkey.
Vladimir Shirogorov is independent scholar.
Chapter One: Entering 1500.
Chapter Two: The Reign Expeditio.
Chapter Three: Lithuania’s Sequel
Chapter Four: A Blind Visionary
Chapter Five: A Carousel of Forces
Chapter Six: The Operational Theatre
Chapter Seven: Inside 1500
Chapter Eight: A Pot for Two Heads
Vladimir Shirogorov unveils a military historical triptych framed around the half-century in which Eastern Europe’s nation-states were born of endemic warfare. The author reveals how twists and turns in campaigning and combat wrought state formation and illuminates how the catalyst of warfare sculpted Eastern Europe.
Vladimir Shirogorov's study of the evolution of military practice in Eastern Europe from 1450 to 1500 offers a valuable narrative on a period and region largely unfamiliar to most Anglophone readers. It has the added virtue of examining not only Polish–Lithuanian and Muscovite military history but integrating developments in the Livonian order, Greta Horde, Crimean Khanate, Bohemia, Kingdom of Hungary, and Moldavia and discussing the practices of recruitment, force organization, and tactics in each of these powers.