The Replacement of the Composite Reflex Bow by Firearms in the Muscovite Cavalry

August 2010
Kritika: Explorations in Russian & Eurasian History;Summer2010, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p513
Academic Journal
The article presents an examination of the replacement of the composite reflex bow with firearms in the Muscovite cavalry in the 17th century. It explores why this change took place despite the composite reflex bow being a superior weapon in the 17th century. It discusses the changing role of cavalry in 17th century warfare, noting that infantry became the primary offensive unit in the army while cavalry took a more defensive role. It explores Muscovite military tactics and compares them with western European approaches to warfare.


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