It's weird reading about the conflicts between Russia and "the hordes" - Mongol, Turkic, whatever. The land pirate empire people.

It's strange just how "modern" it seems. How the horde peoples basically forced the Russian states into a primitive form of mass mobilization...
... far earlier than other states. Things like the great abatis line, the ostrogs, 360 degree battle and managing conflicts over something that somewhat resembled the mass "front line" you'd only start to see in the late 1870s in Europe.
It's so strangely modern. And yet, when they fought European states who still fought in a more "primitive" strategic way, they had a bad time.

The "steppe" was a strange environment - gargantuan armies over open space, requiring ways to manage that space and distance and lack...
of protection. Of course it's strangely modern in the same way the horde armies were strangely modern. The Russian states found themselves dealing with similar problems the hordes had, and came to similar solutions, plus a few things the hordes didn't do (ostrogs and strategic...
defense zones.) Obviously these armies were not anything as capable man for man as European states. Early on the hordes were a terror but lacked upside, and of course Russia had all manner of problems that prevented improvements.
But think about the unprecedented problems: you have to fight any enemy that can marshall armies upwards of 140,000, that doesn't require a logistics train, and you have to be able to fight almost anywhere, and the zone of contestation is literally Russia. And it's the 1400s so..
...communication is absolute shit. How do you do that?
One thing that I noticed when reading about Soviet vs. everyone else's doctrinal thinking is that Soviet thinking was always more strategic in nature. German thinking was on the decisive battle, while Soviet thinking was much bigger. There are obvious costs and benefits to that..
... but it seems really weird to think that this extremely "strategic" thinking that the Russian military had began around 1350? And it's also weird to think that the bulk of Russia's "demense", what we think of as "core Russia", was ruled by the Golden Horde and it's successors

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