The Soviet Military Experience: A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991

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From its revolutionary inception in 1917 to its demise in 1991, the Red Army played a crucial role in all aspects of Soviet life. The Soviet Military Experience is the first general work to place the Soviet army into its true social, political and international contexts. This timely account includes discussion of: the origins of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army; the Bolshevik regime's use of the military as a school of socialism; the Second World War and its repercussions; and the effect of Gorbachev's policies of Glasnost and Perestroika.
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After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, which began with dissatisfied tsarist troops, Lenin tried to create a new type of army with volunteers and loyal party apparatchiks--an experiment that ended with perestroika and the troops much as they had been under the tsars. Reese (history, Texas A&M; Stalin's Reluctant Soldiers: A Social History of the Red Army, 1925-1941) traces the origins of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army in its battles with the White Armies and its alliances with outlaw guerrilla bands. He chronicles the regime's use of the military as a school of socialism, with unfortunate consequences both for society and for the army's morale and fighting capability; the army's coming of age during World War II; and the long road to stagnation culminating in the 1991 coup against Gorbachev. This book is a marvelous supplement to academic texts on Soviet life; no other author in recent years has tackled the same information in one historical sweep. Recommended for academic libraries.--Harry V. Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. Syst., Iola Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415217194
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/8/2000
  • Series: Warfare and History Series
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

List of Russian Words and Phrases




1. The Birth of the Red Army

2. The Civil War and the Polish-Soviet War, 1917-21

3. The Red Army Between the Wars, 1922-39

4. PUR and the Army: The Politics of Military Service

5. The Red Army and the Second World War, 1939-45

6. The Cold War Years, 1946-91

7. The War in Afghanistan and the Gorbachev Era, 1979-91



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