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Author:  Kadrinazi [ Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:09 am ]
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As promised in some other topic, here I would like to present and suggest some interesting books available in English. I will comment only on books I have and read, so something may be missing from this list after all. Because of that I refer to editions that are in my possession – You may have access to different ones. I will add some more books in future. I will try to focus on 1648+ period, as per current BFaS timeline.

I. As introduction to subject I will recommend Robert Frost, The Northern Wars 1558-1721 (Edinburgh 2000). Despite some historical errors, it’s still the best book for non-Polish reader to start their journey , as R. Frost cover history of many countries and their mutual relations. His second book - After the Deluge. Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War 1655-1660 (Cambridge 2003) is also worth to read.

II. For those interested in primary sources the best option will be Diary of General Patrick Gordon of Auchleuchries 1635-1699. Recently published by University of Aberdeen:
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/diariesofpa ... rdon.shtml
it’s very interesting and full of eyewitness accounts. Gordon served initially in Swedish army, then enlisted into Polish one (where he fought against Swedes and Muscovites), finally end up as one of the ‘fathers’ of new pattern Muscovite army.

III. Some other books that cover Baltic region:

- Roberts Michael (ed.), Sweden's age of greatness 1632-1718, London 1973

- Oakley Stewart P., War and Peace in the Baltic 1560-1790, London-New York 1992

- Plakans Andrejs, The Latvians: a short history, Stanford 1995

[ http://books.google.com/books?id=Ad3-xv ... q=&f=false ]

- Raun Toivo U. Estonia and the Estonians, Stanford 2001

[ http://books.google.com/books?id=YQ1NRJ ... q=&f=false ]

Last two are interesting as they show history of current Baltic states, that were scene of many wars during 17th century.

IV. Those interested in Ottoman Empire and its army may want to have a wee look into some primary sources:

Paul Rycault, The history of the present state of the Ottoman Empire..., London 1686

[ http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=KKMu ... &q&f=false ]

Elias Habesci, The present state of the Ottoman Empire..., London 1784

[ http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=kfoS ... &q&f=false ]

And/or some good articles and books about Ottoman warfare:

Gabor Agoston, Guns for the Sultan, Cambridge 2005

Mark L. Stein, Guarding the Frontier. Ottoman Border Forts and Garrisons in Europe, London-New York 2007

Selcuk Aksin Somel, Historical Dictionary of the Ottoman Empire, Lanham-Maryland-Oxford 2003

Mesut Uyar, Edward J. Erickson, A military history of the Ottomans, Santa Barbara-Denver-Oxford 2009

Rhoads Murphey, Ottoman warfare 1500-1700, London 2001

V. Another interesting pieces about Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its politics:

Britain and Poland-Lithuania. Contact and Comparison from the Middle Ages to 1795. Editedy by Richard Unger, Leiden-Boston 2008

Dariusz Kołodziejczyk, The Crimean Khanate and Poland-Lithuania, Leiden-Boston 2011

Andrej Kotljarchuk, In the Shadows of Poland and Russia. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Sweden in the European Crisis of the mid-17th Century, Huddinge 2006

Diary of Lord Rochester during his embassy to Poland in 1676, London 1828

VI. Some information about Polish, Muscovites and Cossack flags:

In Hoc Signo Vinces. A presentation of the Swedish State Trophy Collection, Stockholm 2006

VII. Another piece about army reforms in Muscovy:

Keep, John L. H., Soldiers of the Tsar. Army and society in Russia 1462-1874, Oxford 1985

VIII. And something about Swedish army:

Invasions, Insurgency and Interventions: Sweden's Wars in Poland, Prussia and Denmark 1654 - 1658. A Dissertation Presented by. Christopher Adam Gennari.
http://dspace.sunyconnect.suny.edu/xmlu ... sequence=1

Hope that will help a wee bit as part of historical background for BFaS.

Best regards
Michał ‘Kadrinazi’ Paradowski
By Fire and Sword team

Author:  BlackLegion [ Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:36 pm ]
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Great! :D

Well some of those books cost more than 200€ but some others i will definately purchase :)

Michał, with your permission may i quote you in a German history forum? There might be others who could find this list very useful :)

Author:  Kadrinazi [ Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:50 pm ]
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Yeah, feel free to use it :)

Author:  BlackLegion [ Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:52 pm ]
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Many thanks :D

Author:  Kadrinazi [ Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:55 pm ]
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No problem. If You'll have problem to obtain some of these books let me know via PM, I may be able to help with that.

Author:  Brasidas [ Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:37 pm ]
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Fantastic post, thank you.

Author:  GamesPoet [ Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:02 am ]
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Appreciate the recommendations. At some point going to see what I can do to find a few of these in the States. Thank you!

Author:  BlackLegion [ Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:49 pm ]
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Perhabs something to add to the list:

"History of Ukraine-Rus' - Volume Seven - The Cossack Age to 1625"
"History of Ukraine-Rus' - Volume Eight - The Cossack Age, 1626-1650"
"History of Ukraine-Rus' - Volume Nine - The Cossack Age 1650-1653 : Book 1"
"History of Ukraine-Rus' - Volume Nine - The Cossack Age, 1654-1657: Book 2"

All from Mykhailo Hrushevsky

A short review from someone at Amazon:
This is simply the finest work available in the English language
on the Cossacks. It is not only encyclopedic in its treatment of
the subject,drawing on historical and ethnograhic materials in
Ukrainian,Russian,Polish,Turkish and Swedish sources but often
reads as fast moving as an adventure novel. Hrushevsky not only
recites dry facts and dates but puts forth both fascinating and
compelling analysis of the importance of the Cossacks to both the
idea and formation of the Ukrainian nation and the history of
Eastern Europe as a whole. Anyone who thrilled to Gogol's" Taras
Bulba" or the historical fiction of Harold Lamb and wants to learn of the true background of the Zaporozhian Cossacks of the
Sietch , simply cannot pass by this work. As fine as the works of
Nicholas Chirovsky, Linda Gordon,Patrick March and Phillip Long-worth are on the subject, they cannot compare to this comprehen-
sive volume.

Author:  OldenBUA [ Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:23 pm ]
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Maybe of interest is this collection of various 17th century travel stories, because it includes 'A description of Ukraine' by Guillaume le Vasseur, Sieur de Beauplan. That book is also mentioned in the rulebook, and it gives a first-hand account of the Cossacks and Tatars around the middles of the 17th century.

A collection of Voyages and Travels (on Google books)

Author:  Brasidas [ Sat May 30, 2015 8:07 am ]
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Robert Frost, the first author mentioned in the OP, has a new book out, covering the history of Poland-Lithuania from 1385-1569 (so before the period covered by BFaS). All for the low price of $130, give or take. :)

--Edited to add link to the Oxford page


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