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The Battle that Shook Europe: Poltava and the Birth of the Russian Empire

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The Battle of Poltava, 1709, marks the birth of Peter the Great’s vast Russian Empire. In 1700, the Tsar combined with Denmark, Saxony, and Poland to attack Swedish hegemony in the North. When the forces finally defeated King Charles XII of Sweden in 1708 at Poltava, in the Ukraine, it proved the turning-point of the Great Northern War, heralding the collapse of the Swedis ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 19th 2003 by I.B. Tauris (first published 1988)
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I can't vouch for this book in english..but the original in Swedish was a fantastic read. Incredibly detailed and well researched and able to bring history to life.

The subject is almost irrelevant because it's such a masterful historical work but it's all about the demise of the Swedish empire and the rise of Russia in 18th century, centered around the battle of Poltava...a military game-changer akin to Napoleaon's failed russian invasion.

Magnus Stenqvist
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Margaret Sankey
A bestseller in Sweden, and told from a largely Swedish perspective, this used the 1709 battle to frame the development of the Swedish and Russian armies up to that point, and then (despite most of the official Swedish campaign documents being destroyed on the field), Englund reconstructs the actions from memoirs of a variety of participants. Notable for following the aftermath into ten years of captivity for some officers, and the experiences of a number of camp followers as prisoners/slaves of ...more
Ryan Campbell
After looking for a long time for a book on the epic battle of Poltava I found this gem. This book explains the events leading up to and the actual battle itself. It is told from the Swedish perspective. Great read.
Pål-otto Mikkelsen
Fantastic vivid and informative about a watershed in Europe, when Sweden lost power to Russia in an epic battle.
Miguel Ángel Moreno
Emocionante y detallada. Demasiado prolija en algunas partes. No se incluye la perspectiva rusa.
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Peter Englund (born April 4, 1957 in Boden) is a Swedish author and historian, and a member of the Swedish Academy since 2002.

Englund was born into a military family in Boden and studied caretaking for two years and then humanistic subjects for another two years in secondary school. He was then conscripted and served 15 months in the Swedish Army at the Norrbotten Regiment located in Boden. He was
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The Beauty and the Sorrow Ofredsår: Om den svenska stormaktstiden och en man i dess mitt Brev från nollpunkten: historiska essäer Förflutenhetens landskap - historiska essäer Tystnadens Historia och Andra Essäer

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