The Military History of the Soviet Union

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Robin Higham, Frederick W. Kagan
Palgrave Macmillan, Feb 9, 2002 - History - 328 pages
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The Military History of the Soviet Union brings together contributions from distinguished scholars to provide an introduction to the history of all the Soviet armed forces from 1917 to 1991. Its sixteen chapters cover the Bolsheviks’ survival at the end of the First World War; the struggles against the White Armies and the Poles; the Leninist, Trotskyite, and Stalinist reconstructions that created the Red Army, the Red Air Force, the Five-Year Plans; and the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, a victory that vastly overshadowed dismal adventures in Spain and Finland. Robin Higham and Frederick W. Kagan also highlight the many facets of the USSR’s strategy as a superpower in the long Cold War, including the rise of the Soviet Navy after the great Patriotic War, the disaster in Afghanistan, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Robin Higham is Professor of History at Kansas State University.

Frederick W. Kagan is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the US Military Academy, West Point.

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