The Political Role of the Military: An International Handbook

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PREFACE

This volume has offered more challenges to the editors than the usual manuscript. Not only was it a task to bring more than two dozen chapters together from authors spread across the country, but it was also a challenge to ask authors from the wide-ranging world to produce a cohesive and interesting book. We have seen how dramatically the world can change in the post-Cold War era; we saw changes in the Peruvian and Mexican militaries after the book was begun, as well as the perpetual reevaluation of the Russian military. Time does not stand still for anyone.

Although we recognize that each and every detail cannot remain current in any published volume, we believe that we have captured a range of militaries around the world, illustrating their varying political roles. Though never intended to be comprehensive, for a variety of reasons, this volume is, however, intended to create a body of literature that shows how complicated militarycivilian "relationships" are around the world. We are pleased with the range of our information and the light it sheds on the military in societies that too often have been seen as monolithic (Western European or former Soviet-bloc armed forces, for example).

We hope that we have already conveyed our thanks to most of the many people whom we want to acknowledge. We will cite here, however, a few for their patience, persistence, and humor through it all. Mildred Vasan, at Greenwood Publishing, was a patient but guiding voice through a long evolution. Dan Zirker has been particularly helpful in suggesting contributors and being generally supportive. Sam Sarkesian, in some ways "dean" of this field in political science in the United States, was also most helpful. Support from the National War College was important.

Finally, we want to thank our families and spouses for their support. Without them--and a phone/fax line with which to communicate--we would not have survived, or still be speaking with one another.

Cynthia Watson Constantine Danopoulos

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Argentina 1
  • Notes 16
  • References 17
  • Brazil 19
  • Notes 34
  • References 41
  • Canada 42
  • Notes 53
  • References 54
  • China 55
  • Notes 67
  • References 70
  • Cuba 71
  • Notes 84
  • References 86
  • Denmark 88
  • Notes 100
  • References 105
  • Egypt 107
  • Notes 118
  • References 121
  • France 122
  • References 141
  • Germany 143
  • Notes 152
  • References 153
  • Greece 154
  • Notes 167
  • References 168
  • India 169
  • Notes 186
  • References 188
  • Indonesia 189
  • Notes 205
  • References 206
  • Iran 207
  • Israel 223
  • Notes 233
  • References 234
  • Japan 235
  • Notes 252
  • References 255
  • Kenya 256
  • Notes 269
  • References 270
  • Mexico 271
  • Notes 281
  • References 282
  • Netherlands 283
  • Notes 295
  • References 297
  • Nigeria 299
  • Notes 320
  • References 322
  • North Korea 323
  • Notes 335
  • References 337
  • Peru 338
  • Notes 355
  • References 360
  • Poland 361
  • Notes 371
  • References 373
  • Republic of South Africa 374
  • Notes 387
  • References 390
  • Russia and the Former Soviet Union 391
  • Notes 401
  • References 403
  • United Kingdom 404
  • Notes 415
  • United States 420
  • Notes 437
  • References 439
  • Zaire 440
  • Notes 456
  • References 458
  • Index 459
  • CONTRIBUTORS 515
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