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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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Matti Karjalainen
Peter Englundin "Pultava" (Art House, 2010 - 6. painos) ilmestyi alun perin 1980-luvun loppupuolella, ja oli samalla suosikkihistorioitsijoiden joukkoon kuuluvan kirjailijan läpimurtoteos. Se on kiehtova ja kattava kokonaisesitys kesäkuussa 1709 käydystä Pultavan taistelusta, jossa aikaisemmasta haavoittumisesta kärsineen Kaarle XII:n johtama armeija otti nekkuunsa venäläisiltä. Taistelussa kärsitty tappio merkitsi myös Ruotsin suurvalta-ajan päättymistä.

Sodan kauheus käy värikkäästi kirjoitetus
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Johan
Feb 18, 2009 Johan rated it it was amazing
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.


Petri Volanen
Mar 06, 2017 Petri Volanen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En ole ollut liiemmälti innostunut tämän aikakauden sotatouhuista, pitänyt järjenvastaiselta tuntuvaa ihmislahtia tiukoissa muodostelmissa jotenkin omituisena ja kenties jopa... no, tylsänä. Tämä kirja todellakin osoittaa ennakko-oletukseni vääräksi. Kirja kuvaa aivan käsittämättömän hienosti, tarkasti ja mukaansatempaavasti taistelua joka käytännöllisesti katsoen lopetti Ruotsin suurvaltavaiheen ja avaa siinä sivussa ymmärryksen monille seikoille joita ei ollut ennen tämän lukemista tullut edes ...more
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Tiina Susanna
Nov 06, 2016 Tiina Susanna rated it really liked it
varsin mainio opus
kerronnallisesti mukava lukea,
historiasta nostettiin yksilöitä ja kerrottiin kuinka heille kävi taisteluiden lomassa

kuvaukset toimivat hyvin ja kartat selvensivät asiaa erinomaisesti.
Ryan Campbell
Jun 03, 2015 Ryan Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2012 Pål-otto Mikkelsen rated it it was amazing
Fantastic vivid and informative about a watershed in Europe, when Sweden lost power to Russia in an epic battle.
Safir
Oct 14, 2016 Safir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, oktober-2016
I find myself being much more intrigued by Englund's descriptions of life in an 18th century army than of the descriptions of the battle itself.
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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