The Soviet Military Experience: A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991 by Roger R. ReeseThe Soviet Military Experience: A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991 by Roger R. Reese

The Soviet Military Experience: A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991

byRoger R. ReeseEditorRoger R. Reese

Hardcover | February 8, 2000

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The Soviet Military Experienceis 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 ofGlasnostandPerestroika
Title:The Soviet Military Experience: A History of the Soviet Army, 1917-1991Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.7 inPublished:February 8, 2000Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415217199

ISBN - 13:9780415217194

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In the early part of the 20th century, the Bolsheviks established a military organization with the mandate that it would serve all Soviet peoples. For seven decades, the Red Army saw many transformations and conflicts within its own ranks until it finally disbanded in 1991. Roger R. Reese paints a vivid portrait of the "people’s army," carefully highlighting both its finest features and its fatal flaws, in The Soviet Military Experience.

Editorial Reviews

"The author of this book has set for himself the extraordinarily ambitious task of describing the Soviet states' efforts to create a fundamentally new type of army and argues that the effort, in the end, failed. He makes interesting use of Soviet archival materials to support his argument and at times shines new light on hitherto little-known, but important, aspects of Soviet military manpower policy and morale.... Even 10 years after the theoretical opening of the Soviet archives to Western researchers, relatively few scholars have attempted to revise our understanding of Soviet history using those sources. Roger R. Reese is to be greatly commended for his efforts in that regard.."-"Historian "This book is a marvelous supplement to academic texts on Soviet life; no other author in recent years has tackled he same information in one historical sweep. Recommended for academic libraries."-"Library Journal, 11/99