The Soviet Military System

The Soviet Military System

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This book provides an up-to-date and critical analysis of the Soviet military system. Sapir traces the evolution of Soviet military doctrine up to Gorbachev, showing that the era of military glasnost is a logical development of this process. He also examines and compares East-West relations and policy in the area of nuclear arms, and the development of Soviet society in relation to its military capability, showing how the U.S.S.R. has tried to compensate for social and economic weaknesses by increasing military strength.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 725.74g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • tables, bibliography
  • 0745606717
  • 9780745606712

Table of contents

Foreword Introduction Part I: The Military Balance 1. The Delicate Alchemy of the Military Balance 2. Comparing Like with Unlike? 3. The Quality of Soviet Equipment Part II: The Threat 4. Imaginary Threats and the Reality of the Threat 5. Where does the Threat Lie and What Form does it Take? Part III: Technological Myths and Illusions 6. Soviet Nuclear Superiority: A Modern Myth 7. Space: Myth and Reality 8. The Technology Gap: An Intellectual Alibi? Part IV: The Soviet Military System: Beyond the Myth 9. The Origins of the Soviet Military System 10. Army and Society 11. The Soviet Scientific-Military-Industrial System Conclusion Bibliography Tables.show more