Winner of the Early Slavic Studies Association (ESSA) 2005 Distinguished Scholarship Award
"a rare and remarkable synthetic historical work"
Professor C. M. Vakareliyska, ESSA
"This important book throws light on some very dark places in European history"
Times Literary Supplement
"a powerfully-argued contribution to the historiography on the evolution of the military state...truly sets an impressive standard"
Slavonic & East European Review
"Another volume in a truly splendid series -Modern Wars in perspective- whose serious format and price are pitched at history students but should not put off the intelligent general reader."
"a magnificent achievement, learned, perspicacious and judicious...an outstanding contribution"
War in History
"It is an eminently readable, remarkably well-crafted, balanced, and above all else, a most provocative analysis of one of the central processes in the formation of modern Europe"
J.T. Koitlaine, Harvard University