Ivan IV’s Professional Infantry, The Harquebusiers (Strel’tsy): A Question of Numbers

  title={Ivan IV’s Professional Infantry, The Harquebusiers (Strel’tsy): A Question of Numbers},
  author={C. Halperin},
  journal={The Journal of Slavic Military Studies},
  pages={116 - 99}
  • C. Halperin
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Slavic Military Studies
  • ABSTRACT The early modern European Military or Gunpowder Revolution did not exclude Muscovy, although the chronology and extent of its impact on Muscovy varied from Western Europe. This article examines the first step in that process, the creation of a standing army of gunpowder infantry, the harquebusiers (strel’tsy). It attempts to measure the influence of this development by determining the number of harquebusiers who served during Ivan’s reign. Previous studies of this question have… CONTINUE READING


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