In The Military and Society in the Former Eastern Bloc , an assortment of regional specialists in military relations are gathered together to comment on the current state of the military in a number of Eastern bloc states, including: Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Mongolia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. Each chapter provides more than a simple status-report on military readiness in these states, focusing instead on the relationship between the military, politics, and society in these new and burgeoning democracies. Further, contributors evaluate and predict the future of the military in political developments in these regions.
Table of Contents
Introduction (Constantine P. Danopoulos) Democratization, Security, and the Military in Mongolia (Ray Taras) The Civil-Military Nexus in Postcommunist Hungary (Zoltan Barany and Peter Deak) The Democratization of Civil-Military Relations in the Czech Republic (Marybeth Peterson Ulrich) The Search for Stability in the Russian Army (Dale R. Herspring) Civil-Military Relations in Bulgaria: Past, Present and Future (Lisa J. Carlson) Democratization and the Military in Poland: Establishing Democratic Civilian Control (Elizabeth P. Coughlan) Democratization, Militarism and Paramilitarism in Post-Soviet Ukraine (Richard B. Spence) Latvian Independence and the Military (Gundars Rudzitis) Romanian Civil-Military Relations after 1989 (Walter M. Bacon, Jr.) The Army and Society in Post-Communist Albania (Biljana Vankovska-Cvetkovska and Carolina Fernandez Ilbania) Conclusions on the Military and Society in the Former Eastern Bloc (Daniel Zirker)
Constantine P. Danopoulos teaches political science at San Jose State University and has written extensively on international security and civil-military relations. He is the author of Warriors and Politicians in Modern Greece (1984) and editor or co-editor of The Decline of Military Regimes--TheCivilian Influence, Military Withdrawal from Politics, From Military to Civilian Rule, The Political Role of the Military, and Civil-Military Relations in the Soviet and Yugoslav Successor States. Dr. Danopoulos's numerous articles have appeared in journals such as Armed Forces and Society, Political Science Quarterly, West European Politics, The Journal of Political and Military Sociology, The Journal of Security Studies and Public Administration and Development. He is president of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society/IPSA and editor of The Journal of Political and Military Sociology. Daniel Zirker is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of political science at Montana State University at Billings. A former peace corps volunteer in Northeast Brazil, his central research focus has been civil-military relations and the democratization process in Brazil. He co-edited Civil-Military Relations in the Soviet and Yugoslav Successor States (with Constantine Danopoulos) and has published numerous articles in a variety of journals, including Armed Forces andSociety, The Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Perspectives, and the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies .