Soldiers and the Soviet State: Civil-Military Relations from Brezhnev to Gorbachev

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How much power does the Soviet military exert on the politics of the Kremlin? This is one of the most controversial questions in the study of the Soviet Union, here addressed by eight top Western specialists on Soviet politics and security policy. While the authors assert that the civil-military relationship has been less turbulent than often believed, they also point out that Gorbachev's reforms threaten the system of buffers that have until now shielded the military-industrial world from disruption and ...
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Overview

How much power does the Soviet military exert on the politics of the Kremlin? This is one of the most controversial questions in the study of the Soviet Union, here addressed by eight top Western specialists on Soviet politics and security policy. While the authors assert that the civil-military relationship has been less turbulent than often believed, they also point out that Gorbachev's reforms threaten the system of buffers that have until now shielded the military-industrial world from disruption and change.Introduced by Timothy Colton's essay, "Perspectives on Civil-Military Relations," the volume discusses civil-military relations in relation to political change (Bruce Parrott), the KGB (Amy Knight), resource stringency and civil-military resource allocation (Robert Campbell), the defense industry (Julian Cooper), response to technological challenge (Thane Gustafson), social change (Ellen Jones), and consequences of external expansion (Bruce D. Porter). Gustafson has written a concluding chapter, "Toward a Crisis in Civil-Military Relations?"
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Covering a 25-year span, separate chapters are devoted to the major factors affecting the civil-military relationship: politics, economics, technology, society, and foreign relations. The contributors don't claim a magic key to prediction, but their analysis shows elements of continuity and stability in civil-military relations that make both current and future events more fathomable. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691023281
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/1990
  • Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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