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Despite such critical advancements in the early 1700s, “only the Russians and Turks continued to issue old, heavy matchlock muskets, to the detriment of their infantry firepower”[1].In the Great Northern War, a Russian army, one again severely under-armed with pikes and matchlock muskets, faced off against a superior Swedish force.

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The point remains, however, that the new gunpowder arms did little to change battle outcomes.

Even at the point of introduction, where the innovative side had a monopoly, the decisiveness of impact was at best modest.” Better weapons give no one any specific advantage past an acute period of transition.

King Charles XII of Sweden had the most modern and well equipped army in all of Europe.

These glaring discrepancies help illustrate the factors to which Robert K.

Before the 1700’s, wars were fought in the classical sense: seemingly infinite battalions marched in parallel columns in the fog of cannon shots, musket balls, and gunpowder smoke.

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