The military history of the modern-day Russian Federation has antecedents involving the Rus' (who built Kiev), the Mongol invasion of the early 13th century, Russia's numerous wars against Turkey, against Poland, Lithuania and Sweden, the Seven Years' War, France (especially the Napoleonic Wars), and the Crimean War of 1853-1856. The 20th century saw two world wars and the Cold War. The military history of the Russian Federation itself began in 1991.
Period surveys include:
- Fuller, William C. Strategy and Power in Russia 1600-1914 (1998) excerpts
- Riasanovsky, Nicholas V. and Mark D. Steinberg. A History of Russia (7th ed. 2004) 800 pages.
- Roberts, Geoffrey. Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (2008) excerpt and text search
- Stone, David. A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the War in Chechnya excerpts