The Cossacks

The Cossacks

Men-at-Arms 13
  • Author: Albert Seaton
  • Illustrator: Michael Youens
  • Short code: MAA 13
  • Publication Date: 15 Jun 1972
  • ISBN: 9780850451160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

The term ‘Cossack' was originally applied to the Tartar raiders who roamed the Southern Plain, the word coming from the Turko-Tartar, meaning at first ‘free adventurer'. In the 15th century when it began to refer to a people ditinguished by their own tongue and customs who formed separate communities. These strong, free Cossack communities were seen as a threat to the Tsar until in 1671 they were obliged to swear fealty. From that date onwards Cossacks served in all of Russia's wars, most famously when 50,000 Don Cossacks fought against Napoleon of which nearly half died in battle or on campaign. The Cossacks eventually developed their own military structure with rank titles , uniforms and equipment all of which are detailed in in this volume.

Biographical Note

Lieutenant-Colonel Albert Seaton (Retd.) is the author of many books on 19th century military history and he is an expert on modern Russian history. His other titles for Osprey in the Men-at-Arms series include MAA 5 The Austro-Hungarian Army of the Napoleonic Wars and MAA 16 Fredrick the Great's Army. Michael Youens is a skilful artist. He has illustrated two volumes for Osprey on the American Civil War.


Introduction The Russian Peoples The Origins of the Cossacks The Early Russian Cossacks The Don Cossack Host The First Volga Cossacks The Ukraine The Zaporozhian Cossacks The Ukranian Cossacks The Tsars and the Russian Cossacks The New Cossack Communities The Ephemeral Ukranian Cossack The Cossack Hosts in the Twentieth Century Cossack Military Service under the Tsar The Revolution and Civil War - The Cossacks under Soviet Rule Cossack Uniforms Colour plate commentary

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