The Collapse of the Soviet Military

The Collapse of the Soviet Military

eBook - 1998
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One of the great surprises in modern military history was the collapse of the Soviet Armed Forces in 1991 - along with the party-state with which it was inextricably intertwined. In this book, a distinguished United States Army officer and scholar traces the rise and fall of the Soviet military, arguing that it had a far greater impact on Soviet politics and economic development than was perceived in the West.
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©1998
ISBN: 9780300145519
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 523 pages)


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Aug 24, 2015

This is an outstanding account of why the Red Army collapsed, and with it the Soviet state. Odom does a great job explaining the Soviet military, its ideological underpinnings and its evolution in the 1970's and 1980's, as well as the impact of Gorbachev's reforms. Odom explains why in the end the Red Army could not pull off the coup against Gorbachev even with the support of much of the rest of the government. It had collapsed from within, and so it was powerless to stop either Gorbachev or Yelstin. If you are interested in military affairs or Russian/Soviet history, this is a book you should read.

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