The Resource The sacred cause : civil-military conflict over Soviet national security, 1917-1992, Thomas M. Nichols

The sacred cause : civil-military conflict over Soviet national security, 1917-1992, Thomas M. Nichols

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The sacred cause : civil-military conflict over Soviet national security, 1917-1992
Title
The sacred cause
Title remainder
civil-military conflict over Soviet national security, 1917-1992
Statement of responsibility
Thomas M. Nichols
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
To the officers of the USSR Armed Forces, the defense of the Soviet Union was, in the words of a Soviet general, a "sacred cause." What was the nature of Soviet civil-military relations, and what have the new militaries inherited from the Soviet experience? In this book Thomas M. Nichols examines the struggles over national security policy between military officers and political leaders in the USSR, and shows that the Soviet civil-military relationship has a long history of conflict rather than cooperation. Nichols disputes the longstanding Western belief in Party-Army amity. He argues that Party control over the Soviet armed forces has been tenuous since Stalin's death; the relationship was inherently unstable and conflictual, growing in intensity because of Gorbachev and his approach to domestic and foreign policy reforms. The source of this instability lay in the creation of the Soviet Armed Forces as a Marxist military, and Nichols maintains that this privileged and highly ideological institution found itself in frequent conflict with a Party that had of necessity to take an increasingly pragmatic approach to international politics. Movement toward a politically isolated and professionalized military, he shows, was continuously subverted by civilian leaders who sought to control military issues through political intrusions into doctrine and strategy. He concludes that the new leaders of the post-Soviet republics have inherited a group of military organizations that continue to resist the abandonment both of their ideological foundations and of their cohesion as a multinational military - a situation he believes may prove to be one of the greatest threats to the emerging post-Soviet democracies
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DLC
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1960-
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Nichols, Thomas M.
Index
index present
LC call number
UA770
LC item number
.N48 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Sowjetunion
  • Civil-military relations
  • Relaciones civiles militares
  • Armed Forces
  • Civil-military relations
  • Krijgsmacht
  • Defensie
  • Militär
  • Staat
  • Geschichte
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The sacred cause : civil-military conflict over Soviet national security, 1917-1992, Thomas M. Nichols
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: "Our National and Sacred Cause" -- 1. Bureaucrats or Bonapartes? Western Views of the Soviet Military -- 2. Setting the Stage: Stalin and the Military -- 3. Khrushchev's Revolution: Stalinism without Stalin? -- 4. The "Golden Age" and After: Brezhnev's Retreat and Military Ascendance -- 5. Reform and Resistance: Gorbachev and the Military, 1985-1986 -- 6. Abandoning Pretenses: Gorbachev and the Military, 1987-1988 -- 7. The End of an Era: The Soviet Armed Forces and the "Political Struggle" -- 8. Rethinking Soviet Civil-Military Relations: Prospects for the 1990s
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 259 pages
Isbn
9780801427749
Lccn
92034543
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26850855
  • (OCoLC)ocm26850855
Label
The sacred cause : civil-military conflict over Soviet national security, 1917-1992, Thomas M. Nichols
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: "Our National and Sacred Cause" -- 1. Bureaucrats or Bonapartes? Western Views of the Soviet Military -- 2. Setting the Stage: Stalin and the Military -- 3. Khrushchev's Revolution: Stalinism without Stalin? -- 4. The "Golden Age" and After: Brezhnev's Retreat and Military Ascendance -- 5. Reform and Resistance: Gorbachev and the Military, 1985-1986 -- 6. Abandoning Pretenses: Gorbachev and the Military, 1987-1988 -- 7. The End of an Era: The Soviet Armed Forces and the "Political Struggle" -- 8. Rethinking Soviet Civil-Military Relations: Prospects for the 1990s
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 259 pages
Isbn
9780801427749
Lccn
92034543
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26850855
  • (OCoLC)ocm26850855

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