The war in Chechnya

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Texas A&M University Press, 1999 - History - 359 pages
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The war in Chechnya, despite all the media coverage, remains a confusing tangle for many people. The war was the result of many conflicting political, economic, judicial, and military issues that had been fermenting for decades. Only the most fundamental goals became clearly visible: for Moscow, the preservation of its territorial integrity; for Chechens, the struggle for national independence.In this carefully researched and extensively documented study, Stasys Knezys and Romanas Sedlickas examine the Chechen war from a military viewpoint. As they evenhandedly depict the strengths and weaknesses of both the Russians and Chechens, the authors consider how and why Russia, with one of the world's largest armies, failed to subdue the Chechens, and how the Chechens fought among themselves, yet also fought off the Russian Goliath.One reason the Chechens had the success they did was the expansion of the relationship of politics and war to the triangle of "politics, war, and terrorism." Knezys andSedlickas examine this question: "Is military terrorism . . . a new tactical element, ensuring the success of a small country's resistance to a powerful army?"The War in Chechnya does not answer all the questions raised by this war, but it presents comprehensive and impartial information about the military strategy and nature and conduct of operations on both sides to allow the reader to begin to answer some of those questions. Military analysts and historians, political scientists, and Eastern European scholars will find The War in Chechnya an illuminating analysis of the military operations there and a valuable source of information for further studies.

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During its two-year duration, Chechnya's war for secession became emblematic of the brutal ineptitude of the Russian military. Although apparently vastly superior in force, Moscow was compelled to ... Read full review

Contents

Chechnyas Road to Independence
9
Preparations to Defend Chechnyas Independence
33
The First Stage of the War
43
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Stasys Knezys served in the Soviet Unionís Air Defense Forces before retiring as a colonel. When Lithuania became independent, he joined the staff of the newly formed Lithuanian Defense Ministry and served as inspector of its armed forces, then as military advisor to the president. One of his primary duties was to oversee the withdrawal of the Soviet Army from Lithuania.Romanas Sedlickas, a major in the U.S. Air Force, then a criminal defense attorney in New York, resettled in Lithuania in 1991 to help with its reconstruction. He has traveled widely throughout the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation and presently divides his time between teaching and working as a legal and management consultant to various Lithuanian firms and government institutions.