Correlation of Forces: Four Decades of Soviet Military Development

Correlation of Forces: Four Decades of Soviet Military Development

Correlation of Forces: Four Decades of Soviet Military Development

Correlation of Forces: Four Decades of Soviet Military Development

Synopsis

There are a number of books on the Soviet armed forces that describe weapons and composition. Here is the most broad ranging, detailed treatment of the subject to date. Correlation of Forces traces the development of the Soviet military over the past 40 years, decade by decade. In addition to weaponry and composition, this authoritative reference covers leadership and geopolitical ebb and flow--including current troop movements in the Third World and along the Soviet-Sino border. Hansen has also selected 14 years of critical importance to the development of the Soviet military, assesses the events of those years, and analyzes their significance.

Excerpt

The year 1946 witnessed the first full year of peace for the ussr in several years. It was a time to recover and take stock of the international situation. the year was characterized by a steady deterioration of U.S.Soviet relations as the "hands across the Elbe" spirit was swept away by confrontation. the year 1946 also witnessed a massive reorganization of the Soviet armed forces, which affected the very structure of the defense establishment, as well as the ground forces, air forces, and security, services.

Peace, Recovery, and Taking Stock

The period of peace allowed Moscowto retool its economic plans once again. the Five-Year Plan for the period 1946-50 was inaugurated this year; this was the first such plan since the 1930s.

Political recovery was just as necessary. in February, the first elections since 1937 were held to the Supreme Soviet, the rubber-stamp Soviet parliament. This was more for show than substance, however, as Stalin's position was as secure as ever.

The year was also the first of several years of the so-called "Zhdanov period," named after Andrei Zhdanov, the Leningrad Party boss who held substantial power during the late 1940s. This period, known in Russian as Zhdanovshchina, was characterized by increasing ideological . . .

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