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The Soviet Military Experience

A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991, 1st Edition

By Roger R. Reese


220 pages

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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


'Roger Reese has written a multi-faceted and well-considered study of the development of the Soviet armed forces.' - SEER

'This is a valuable and lively intorduction to an important subject.' - War in History

About the Series

Warfare and History

This new series of single-authored books on war, warfare and society marks a major new publishing initiative in military history for undergraduate students. Covering the whole span of history, the series seeks to encourage works on the impact of war and the preparations for war on social, economic and political developments. The books will eschew the 'battles and generals' approach, and seek to place militarism in context.

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HISTORY / General