War and Warfare in Northern Europe, 1550-1721 - Symposium

Held by Professor Robert I Frost, Burnett Fletcher Chair in History, Department of History, University of Aberdeen on 2 March 2013.

This brought together established and young scholars working on the military history of northern Europe to explore the nature of warfare in the North, the cultural transfer that took place on account of this high degree of mobility, and the connections between military systems that are too often studied in isolation.

Northern Europe in the early modern period saw the development of a particular kind of warfare that was determined by the peculiar climatic, economic, and social structures of the region.

In the seventeenth century Sweden dramatically emerged as a major military power, sustaining its effort from its involvement in the Thirty Years War (1648–1648) through the Great Northern War (1700–1721), when it was eclipsed by the Russia of Peter the Great, who based many of his military reforms on the Swedish model.

One characteristic of warfare in Northern Europe was the international recruiting that saw tens of thousands of soldiers and officers from the British Isles, and in particular from Scotland, in the armies of Denmark, Russia, and above all Sweden; in both Russia and Sweden, substantial colonies of Scottish soldiers were formed; in Sweden Scots officers integrated into high political and social circles.

Contact: Professor Robert Frost further details: www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/people/profiles/robert.frost

University of Aberdeen War and Warfare in Northern Europe, 1550-1721

A Symposium Sponsored by

The Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History, Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies and TheNorth Project

Friday 1st March 8:00: Dinner and  Saturday 2nd March

Session One: 9:00-10.45 - The Military Revolution - Chair: Robert Frost

Robert Frost



Chester Dunning

Texas A & M

The Fiscal State in seventeenth-century Russia

Olli Bäckström


Asymmetrical warfare, Sweden and the Thirty Years War

Coffee: 10.45-11.15

Session Two: 11.15-12.45 - The Great Northern War - Chair: Chester Dunning

Lars Ericsson Wolke


Naval warfare, 1700-1721 – a Swedish perspective.

Magnus Perlestam

Mid Sweden University

Logistics operations in wartime: the Swedish Army, 1701–1709

Lunch: 12:45-2:00

Session Three: 2:00-4:00 - The Thirty Years War - Chair: Dr David Worthington (UHI)

Lewis Rattray


“Between Mars and the Muses”: Training manuals and military change in Scotland 1600-1642

Adam Marks

St Andrews

Beyond the Anglo-Dutch Brigades: English military service in Sweden during the 1620s

Kathrin Zickermann


German officers in the Swedish army during the Thirty Years War.

Coffee: 4:00-4:15

Session Four: 4:15-5:30  - Roundtable

Robert Frost


Steve Murdoch

St Andrews