Strategy and Power in Russia 1600-1914 Kindle Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0684863825
ISBN-10: 0684863820
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About the Author

Fuller is Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10566 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (October 1, 1998)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 1998
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D1YCWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By Michael P. Gilroy on November 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Fuller was my prof at the Naval War College in 1998 and there were not many who could boil down more historical background to something intelligible yet still connect the dots as well as he. This book continues that admirable quality of his; in fact this was used as a text at the Naval War College in its "Strategy and Policy" trimester.
Despite its size this book is not a "typical" academic work. "Typical" in this case begin defined as a dense work characterized by turgid prose. Yes, the topic is difficult, but Fuller writes so well and brings out so much interesting detail (detail that others would allow editors to cast off as unimportant) that it can safetly be said that if you could read only ONE book on the rise of Russian power then this would be the one. First rate!
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By A Customer on March 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
One of these really big books people are afraid to read. It contains a wealth of info, with the most interesting stuff found after the middle of the book (personal opinion). It covers a great period of time, which would normally not allow for an in-depth look in the issues discussed. However, Fuler, manages to give not only an in-depth presentaion of his subject, but a good analysis as well. I would readily recomend the book to anyone interested in strategy and its association with national policies. Really interesting book.
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As mentioned by other reviewers this book was poorly scanned, with words bunched together every few sentences. However it's pretty easy to read, even if annoying. The subject matter itself is great, a must have if you're interested in Russian military and foreign policy matters during the time period covered.
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The topic of Imperial Russia's strategic complelx is an arcane, gripping one, but Fuller makes it both insightful and interesting. He argues that the highest officials in Russian policy-making during these three centuries were concerned with three basic things:

(1) Maintaining the social status quo

(2) Defending an expansive border

(3) Making the most out of the limited resources at Russia's disposal

Russia was essentially a backward country compared to the emerging imperial powers of Europe in this period. It failed to produce products necessary for war; it lacked a centralized bureaucracy needed for tax collection and law enforcement; it was caught between choosing its western, eastern, or southern territorities. In the process of these disadvantages, Russian officials had to improvise. Improvisation was the fundamental Russian strategy for dealing with these three areas. In war, Russia's desperate need for men and machinery forced the Russian military to enact tactics such as luring in the enemy in the inclimate and unsteady Russian terrain and not losing wars and wearing the enemy down through attrition rather than offensively winning, as Peter the Great brilliantly executed and Napoleon suffered from. In peace, Russian statesmen may have held coherent strategies, but at perilous costs. To prevent revolution in the mid-19th century, the Csar eliminated Western thought from entering the loose kingdom; Russia would lose access to political, social, economic, and technological innovation as the rest of powers in Europe innovated dramatically.
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Agree with the other reviewer that the kindle version is awful. Every sentence contains words that are combined together because the spacing is missing. Makes reading it very challenging and distracting. I definitely expected better formatting considering the price.
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