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The Soviet high command, 1967-1989 : personalities and politics

Author: Dale R Herspring
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1990] ©1990
Series: Princeton legacy library
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The recent transformations in the USSR are nowhere more evident than in the Soviet military. Top-level military officers have been relieved of their positions, Gorbachev has warned of lean times for the military, the symbolic role of the armed forces has been downgraded, and the concept of "military sufficiency" points to major modifications in Soviet force structure. Contrary to some who see Gorbachev as a Sir  Read more...
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Herspring, Dale R.
Soviet high command, 1967-1989 : personalities and politics.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1990]
xv, 322 pages, 1 unnumbered page of plates ; 25 cm
(DLC) 10900175
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dale R Herspring
ISBN: 9781400861019 1400861012 9780691078441 0691078440 9780691023182 0691023182 0691604266 9780691604268
OCLC Number: 889253428
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (341 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
List of Acronyms --
Chapter 1. The Methodological Framework --
Chapter 2. The Legacy of Khrushchev --
Chapter 3. Grechko: The Early Years, 1967-1970 --
Chapter 4. Defending against the Politicians, 1971-1976 --
Chapter 5. The New Team Takes Over, 1977-1980 --
Chapter 6. Ogarkov in Opposition, 1981-1984 --
Chapter 7. New Approaches to Military Issues, 1984- 1988 --
Chapter 8. Gorbachev and the Soviet High Comman --
Appendix: Biographies of the Key Personalities --
Index.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library
Responsibility: Dale R. Herspring.
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The recent transformations in the USSR are nowhere more evident than in the Soviet military. Top-level military officers have been relieved of their positions, Gorbachev has warned of lean times for the military, the symbolic role of the armed forces has been downgraded, and the concept of "military sufficiency" points to major modifications in Soviet force structure. Contrary to some who see Gorbachev as a Sir Galahad out to slay the evil military high command, Dale Herspring concludes that the relationship between the highest Soviet political and military leaders is at the moment more symbiotic than conflictual. In this first in-depth study of the evolution of civil-military relations in the Soviet Union from 1967 to the present, he shows how the views of senior military officers have varied over time: currently, even if the members of the high command do not like all Gorbachev's changes, they understand the need for them and are prepared to live with them. As Herspring looks at the personalities and politics of eight top military figures, he reveals that the most important of them, Ogarkov, was the first senior Soviet military officer to understand the value of working with the political leadership. Ogarkov believed that the arms control and dtente processes, if carefully managed, could enhance the national security of the USSR. In Gorbachev, the Soviet military has found the type of individual that Ogarkov was seeking. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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