The Soviet Armed Forces, 1918-1992: A Research Guide to Soviet Sources

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The Soviet Armed Forces, 1918-1992: A Research Guide to Soviet Sources


Granville, Johanna, Canadian Slavonic Papers


John Erickson and Ljubica Erickson. The Soviet Armed Forces, 1918-1992: A Research Guide to Soviet Sources. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996. xviii, 197 pp. $75.00, cloth.

This bibliography is the kind one has learned to expect from the author of such meticulously researched books as The Soviet High Command, The Road to Berlin, Barbarossa, and The Road to Stalingrad. John Erickson is Professor Emeritus and Director of Defense Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Together with his wife Ljubica Erickson, he has compiled a guide to over 1,400 essential sources on the Soviet armed forces. This volume is part of Greenwood Press' Series of Research Guides in Military Studies. Other titles include Marvin Fletcher's The Peacetime Army, 1900-1941: A Research Guide; Roger Beaumont's Special Operations and Elite Units, 1939-1988: A Research Guide; Jonathan House's Military Intelligence: A Research Guide; and Charles Shrader's U.S. Military Logistics, 1607-1991: A Research Guide.

The Ericksons' Research Guide consists of three parts. Part One contains entries on archive guides, imperial antecedents, biographies and memoirs, reference and dictionaries, biblioteka ofitsera, and military manuals and field regulations. Part Two is confined to books on the Civil War, World War Two, and military reform, doctrine, and operations from 1922 to 1940. Part Three focuses on nuclear warfare books, socalled "break-through books," and books that provide an overview of the Soviet military forces. The name and subject indices at the very end enhance the guide's usefulness, The Ericksons used five key criteria when selecting books: 1) the theme or subject-matter of the publication in question; 2) the author "and the provenance of the work"; 3) the "degree to which archive or documentary material was utilized"; 4) the "extent to which additional bibliographical information or bibliographical supplements were furnished with the particular volume or volumes"; and 5) the tirazh, or print-run, which signals the importance of the work in question (p. …

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