By David Stone
This booklet brings to mild Russia's undeservedly-obscure army previous, rectifying the tendency of yankee and Western army historians to overlook the Russian part of items. Russia, as either a Western and non-Western society, demanding situations our considering Western army superiority. Russia has continuously struggled with backwardness compared to extra built powers, at a few instances extra effectively than others. The imperatives of survival in a aggressive overseas setting have, in addition, produced in Russian society a excessive measure of militarization. whereas together with operational and tactical element that appeals to army background fanatics, this e-book at the same time integrates army background into the wider issues of Russian historical past and attracts comparisons to advancements in Europe. The publication additionally demanding situations outdated assumptions concerning the Russian army. Russian army heritage can't be summed up easily in one inventory word, no matter if perennial incompetence or luck in simple terms via stolid, stoic security; it additionally indicates various examples of impressive offensive successes.
Stone strains Russia's attention-grabbing army background, and its lengthy fight to grasp Western army know-how with no Western social and political associations. It covers the army dimensions of the emergence of Muscovy, the disastrous reign of Ivan the bad, and the following production of the recent Romanov dynasty. It bargains with Russia's emergence as a good strength below Peter the nice and culminating within the defeat of Napoleon. After that triumph, the ebook argues, Russia's social and fiscal stagnation undermined its huge, immense army energy and taken catastrophic defeat within the Crimean battle. The booklet then covers imperial Russia's lengthy fight to reform its army computer, with combined ends up in the Russo-Japanese warfare and global struggle I. The Russian Revolution created a brand new Soviet Russia, yet this publication indicates the continuity throughout that divide. The Soviet Union's interwar recommendations and its harrowing event in global struggle II owed a lot to imperial Russian precedents. A superpower after the conflict, the Soviet Union's army may used to be bought on the cost of continuous fiscal backwardness. sarcastically, the very militarization meant to supply defense in its place destroyed the Soviet Union, leaving a brand new Russia at the back of the West economically. simply as there has been loads of continuity after 1917, this e-book demonstrates how the recent Russian army has inherited lots of its present difficulties from its Soviet predecessor. the associated fee that Russia has paid for its endured life as a good energy, for that reason, is the overpowering militarization of its society and economic system, a state of affairs it maintains to fight with.
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A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the War in Chechnya by David Stone