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Forging Stalin's Army: Marshal Tukhachevsky And The Politics Of Military Innovation Hardcover – January 29, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0813334103 ISBN-10: 0813334101

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press (January 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813334101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813334103
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,275,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sally W. Stoecker is Research Professor in the School of International Service at American University. She is also project coordinator at American University's Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (Traccc) and an executive editor of the journal Demokratizatsiya.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Graczewski VINE VOICE on October 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Forging Stalin's Army: Marshal Tukhachevsky and the Politics of Military Innovation" came out in the late 1990s when interwar studies on military innovation were all the rage, much like case studies of counterinsurgency would be a decade later. Much has been written about the German, American, British and Japanese experience during the 1920 and 1930s as combined arms warfare, carrier-based aviation and strategic bombing all matured as dramatically new forms of warfare, what would become popularized by academics as a "revolution in military affairs" or RMA.

Very little (to my knowledge) has been written about the Soviet experience during this time frame for a variety of reasons, lack of access to Soviet government archives and the political intrigue and shame surrounding the purge of Red Army officers in the late 1930s primary among them. I wrote my graduate thesis on Mikhail Frunze and the militia principle in the early Red Army (an utterly forgettable piece of pseudo-scholarship) and thus was broadly familiar with Marshal Tukhachevsky and his contribution to future war theory in the 1930s and was keen to learn more about his impact on an army that was able to meet and defeat the vaunted German Wehrmach in the epic tank battles on the Eastern Front in the Second World War.

Unfortunately, I was not able to take very much away from "Forging Stalin's Army," author Sally Stoecker's Ph.D. dissertation. My main complaint is that the subtitle is grossly misleading. Marshal Tukhachevsky does not play a leading role in the book end-to-end. In fact, the book lacks any real narrative at all.
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