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Title:In the Service of the Tsar: European Mercenary Officers and the Reception of Military Reform in Russia, 1654-1667
Author(s):Reger, William M., IV
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Parker, Geoffrey
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, Modern
Abstract:The European officers of these regiments possessed demonstrable military expertise and brought this expertise to their regiments, and were therefore an important cultural connection between Russia and Europe. Their presence in Russia demonstrated that the Russian state assessed its international objectives and sought out appropriate tools in the form of these mercenaries for the implementation of military reform. The state monitored the quality of the mercenary officers and based their rank and pay levels on their ability to use the weapons of the day, pikes and muskets, suggesting the professional nature of the mercenary officers on the whole.
Issue Date:1997
Description:338 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812747
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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