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The Cossacks

John Ure

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-212-8
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The Cossacks have always exerted a strong pull on the imagination, whether as the ferocious horsemen who harassed Napoleon s retreating army all the way to the gates of Paris, or as the fiercely independent renegades responsible for famous and bloody rebellions over the last four centuries. This splendidly illustrated volume, complete with seven maps and 89 color and black-and-white illustrations, tells the tale of these great warriors, from the times of Ivan the Terrible through the Soviet empire. It is a story of rebellion, repression, and resurgence, irrevocably intertwined with Russian history and culture. The Cossacks emerge from this narrative in all their brilliant glory dashing and cruel, unpredictable and immensely brave.

Praise for The Cossacks

At once pleasing to look at and to read An inviting brisk survey of Cossack history. The Washington Post Book World

An appropriately rattling good yarn. . .An excellent introduction to the subject. The Daily Telegraph

A fresh, sensual history. The Spectator

About the author

SIR JOHN URE started his career with the British diplomatic service in Russia, where he learned the language, before going on to be Ambassador to Cuba, Brazil, and Sweden. He is the author of eight well-reviewed travel books and writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, and Times Literary Supplement. He lives with his family in Kent, England.

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