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Author Miakinkov, Eugene, 1984- author.

Title War and enlightenment in Russia : military culture in the age of Catherine II / Eugene Miakinkov
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Between Patronage and Education: The Enlightenmentand the Military Proto-Intelligentsia in Catherine's Russia -- Favourites and Professionals: Merit, Seniority, and Advancement in Catherine's Military -- "We must distinguish the military establishment from other callings": Writers and Ideas of the Russian Military Enlightenment -- "Always remember that he is not a peasant, but a soldier": The Enlightenment and the Shaping of Russian Soldiers -- "Fantastic forms of folly": Individualism and the Performance of Military Culture -- "The gutters of the town were dyed with blood": The Siegeof Izmail, the Russian Military Culture, and the Limits of the Enlightenment at War -- "His Majesty recommends to gentlemen-officers to dress betterand not to stutter": Paul I and the Military Enlightenment
Summary "War and Enlightenment in Russia explores how members of the military during the reign of Catherine II reconciled Enlightenment ideas about the equality and moral worth of all humans with the Russian reality based on serfdom, a world governed by autocracy, absolute respect for authority, and subordination to seniority. While there is a sizable literature about the impact of the Enlightenment on government, economy, manners, and literature in Russia, no analytical framework that outlines its impact on the military exists. Eugene Miakinkov's research addresses this gap and challenges the assumption that the military was an unadaptable and vertical institution. Using archival sources, military manuals, essays, memoirs, and letters, the author demonstrates how the Russian militaires philosophes operationalized the Enlightenment by turning thought into reality."-- Provided by publisher
Analysis Catherine II
Catherine the Great
Russian soldiers
eighteenth century
military history
professionalization of the military
russia and the enlightenment
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 30, 2020)
Print version record
Subject Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796.
Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796
War and society -- Russia -- History -- 18th century
Military art and science -- Russia -- History -- 18th century
Enlightenment -- Russia -- Influence
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Enlightenment -- Influence
Military art and science
War and society
Russia -- History, Military -- 18th century
Russia -- History -- Catherine II, 1762-1796.
Genre/Form History
Military history
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781487518196