The Soviet Military Experience: A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991 - Warfare and History (Paperback)
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The Soviet Military Experience: A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991 - Warfare and History (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 23/12/1999
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The Soviet Military Experience is the first general work to place the Soviet army into its true social, political and international contexts.
It focuses on the Bolshevik Party's intention to create an army of a new type, whose aim was both to defend the people and propagate Marxist ideals to the rest of the world. It includes discussion of the:
* origins of the Workers and Peasant's Red Army
* effects of the Civil War
* Bolshevik regime's use of the military as a school of socialism
* effects of collectivization and rapid industrialisation of the 1920s and 1930s
* Second World War and its profound repercussions
* ethnic tensions within the army
* effect of Gorbachev's policies of Glasnost and Perestroika

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415217200
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The author of this book has set for himself the extraordinarily ambitious task of describing the Soviet states' efforts to create a fundamentally new type of army and argues that the effort, in the end, failed. He makes interesting use of Soviet archival materials to support his argument and at times shines new light on hitherto little-known, but important, aspects of Soviet military manpower policy and morale.... Even 10 years after the theoretical opening of the Soviet archives to Western researchers, relatively few scholars have attempted to revise our understanding of Soviet history using those sources. Roger R. Reese is to be greatly commended for his efforts in that regard.."
-"Historian
"This book is a marvelous supplement to academic texts on Soviet life; no other author in recent years has tackled he same information in one historical sweep. Recommended for academic libraries."
-"Library Journal, 11/99

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