Guns for the Tsar

Guns for the Tsar American Technology and the Small Arms Industry in Nineteenth-Century Russia

Hardback (07 Jun 2022) | Russian

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Publisher's Synopsis

This is a detailed study of the development of the Russian small arms industry. Humiliated in the Crimean War, Russia turned to the United States for help. Using archival sources, Bradley, author of Muzhik and Muscovite: Urbanization in Late Imperial Russia (Univ. of California Pr., 1985), describes the role of famous gunsmiths like Colt, Smith, and Wesson; they provided Russia with machinery, tools, production techniques, and even workers to build an independent arms industry. Assimilation was only partially successful; an inflexible economy hindered military modernization. A 30-page bibliography and 40 pages of footnotes testify to Bradley's meticulous research and academic style. Recommended for specialists.

Book information

ISBN: 9781644698099
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Imprint: Academic Studies Press
Pub date:
Language: Russian
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 653g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 21mm