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  • By robert thornton
    Jun 1, 2017
    This is the first book of Circassian/Cossack Shashka ever translated from a Russian Military Manual into English for the benefit of the HEMA community.In that aspect alone it is historicly ground-breaking and i consider it is worth a five star rating,as many Hema exponents in western europe are fascinated with this weapon and its history.Despite a number of grammatical errors the contents of this book are fascinating and informative,and will provide the Shaska student with a much needed guide to their studies,and a historical provenance for their art.Some readers will struggle as the Russian manual has been directly translated and thus the terminology will not all be familiar to western Hema fencers,but if one perseveres it all becomes clear.The facts and data within this book is much condensed,which leaves scope for clarification in future editions on this subject.As far as i am concerned this is all to the better as it is impossible to cover such a vast subject in one small book.I... More > am delighted at the references to fast tactical sword drawing as this gives provenance to my own thoughts and work on the subject.I look forward to Marc Lawrence's next manual on the Shashka,as i am sure by then the small kinks can be ironed out of the grammar,and even more fascinating information on this wonderful weapon can be revealed.A valuable primary reference manual for all studying eastern-european martial arts in HEMA circles.< Less
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1st Edition Volume 1HB
Russia Caucasia Pride
April 21, 2017
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Full color
1.21 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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