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By Timothy C. Dowling

This easy-to-use reference explores the folk and occasions that formed Russian army history―and impacted Europe, Asia, and the world―over the previous 8 centuries.

• is helping readers comprehend the sociopolitical historical past of Russia and the way it keeps to exert an important impact in overseas affairs

• Showcases the complicated position clash has performed in Russia all through its history

• comprises an introductory essay that discusses how battle in Russia has improved over the centuries

• deals entries on wars, battles, enterprises, leaders, armies, guns, and different facets of warfare and armed forces life

• presents a prepared reference for readers with very little past wisdom of Russian history

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Thus began a long journey of discovery for an American son of the middle order, who gradually came to understand the limits of conventional homebred wisdom in understanding a different kind of military establishment. In ways much larger than ideology this establishment only superficially resembled that with which he was familiar. Some four decades later, this writer passed another milestone on his long journey into the vagaries of another military culture, after having spent several months’ researching in Moscow’s Russian military archives.

The pursuit and exercise of power often occur with little or no reference to such seemingly mundane considerations as civic duty and the common good. In much of what we would loosely call “the West,” especially within the AngloAmerican governing and constitutional tradition, there is an idealized sense of institutionalized political (and military) power as a public trust. In its most idealized version, this trust, like the notion of “imperium” in Republican Rome, exists as an abstraction and an entity independent of personality and personal whim.

Additionally, between 1986 and 1989, the United States supplied the mujahideen with 500 Stinger missiles. The Soviet commitment (the 40th Army, or “Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces”) varied from 90,000 to 115,000 troops; in the course of the war, over 500,000 servicemen and more than 60,000 officers served on a rotational basis. Causes The Soviet intervention originally aimed to save the Marxist government of Hafizullah Amin, who seized power in September 1979 by ousting Nur Muhammad Taraki.

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