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The Tsar S Colonels

Author : David Alan Rich
ISBN : 0674059646
Genre : History
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In this impressive study, David Rich demonstrates how the modernization of Russia's general staff during the second half of the nineteenth century reshaped its intellectual and strategic outlook and equipped the staff to play a strong, and at times dominant, role in shaping Russian foreign policy. Rich weaves together several levels of narrative to show how the increasingly sophisticated, scientific, and positivistic work attitudes and habits of the general staff acculturated younger officers, redefining their relationship with, and responsibilities to, the state. In time, this new generation of officers projected their characteristic notions onto the state and onto autocracy itself; professional concern for the security of the state eclipsed traditional unquestioning loyalty to the regime. Rich goes on to show how divergence between diplomatic and military aims among those responsible for making strategy cost the state dearly in terms of economic stability and international standing. The author supports his findings with original research in Russian foreign policy and military archives and wide reading in published sources. The Tsar's Colonels contributes to a number of debates in Russian military and social history and offers new insights on the structural roots of the Great War, and on the theoretical problems of modernization and professionalization.

The Baron S Cloak

Author : Willard Sunderland
ISBN : 9780801471063
Genre : History
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Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg (1885–1921) was a Baltic German aristocrat and tsarist military officer who fought against the Bolsheviks in Eastern Siberia during the Russian Civil War. From there he established himself as the de facto warlord of Outer Mongolia, the base for a fantastical plan to restore the Russian and Chinese empires, which then ended with his capture and execution by the Red Army as the war drew to a close. In The Baron’s Cloak, Willard Sunderland tells the epic story of the Russian Empire’s final decades through the arc of the Baron’s life, which spanned the vast reaches of Eurasia. Tracking Ungern’s movements, he transits through the Empire’s multinational borderlands, where the country bumped up against three other doomed empires, the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Qing, and where the violence unleashed by war, revolution, and imperial collapse was particularly vicious. In compulsively readable prose that draws on wide-ranging research in multiple languages, Sunderland recreates Ungern’s far-flung life and uses it to tell a compelling and original tale of imperial success and failure in a momentous time. Sunderland visited the many sites that shaped Ungern’s experience, from Austria and Estonia to Mongolia and China, and these travels help give the book its arresting geographical feel. In the early chapters, where direct evidence of Ungern’s activities is sparse, he evokes peoples and places as Ungern would have experienced them, carefully tracing the accumulation of influences that ultimately came together to propel the better documented, more notorious phase of his career Recurring throughout Sunderland’s magisterial account is a specific artifact: the Baron’s cloak, an essential part of the cross-cultural uniform Ungern chose for himself by the time of his Mongolian campaign: an orangey-gold Mongolian kaftan embroidered in the Khalkha fashion yet outfitted with tsarist-style epaulettes on the shoulders. Like his cloak, Ungern was an imperial product. He lived across the Russian Empire, combined its contrasting cultures, fought its wars, and was molded by its greatest institutions and most volatile frontiers. By the time of his trial and execution mere months before the decree that created the USSR, he had become a profoundly contradictory figure, reflecting both the empire’s potential as a multinational society and its ultimately irresolvable limitations.

Studienhandbuch Stliches Europa

Author : Harald Roth
ISBN : 3412140988
Genre : Europe, Eastern
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Der Schlieffenplan

Author : Hans Gotthard Ehlert
ISBN : STANFORD:36105122538064
Genre : Deployment (Strategy)
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Krieg Im Frieden

Author : Günther Kronenbitter
ISBN : UOM:39015058843247
Genre : History
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Seit 1906 forderte die Fuhrung der k.u.k. Armee immer wieder, auf Krieg als Mittel zur Stabilisierung der Grossmachtposition Osterreich-Ungarns zuruckzugreifen. Dabei verfugte das Habsburgerreich gar nicht uber die militarischen Ressourcen fur einen Kampf an mehreren Fronten: Die politischen Strukturen der Doppelmonarchie verhinderten eine massive Aufrustung und die militarischen Absprachen mit Deutschland und Italien boten keinen Ersatz fur mangelnde eigene Schlagkraft. Der Wiener Generalstab setzte dennoch auf umfassende Operationsplanungen und die rigorose Ausrichtung des Friedensalltags der Armee auf den Kriegsfall. In den Krisen ab 1908 bestimmten daher auch keineswegs nur die Versatzstucke zeitgenossischer Weltanschauungsangebote oder konkrete Gruppeninteressen das Handeln der Militarelite; genauso wichtig waren die durch den "Krieg im Frieden" gepragten Denkmuster."

Russian History

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ISBN : UCSC:32106020091481
Genre : Russia (Federation)
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Governing Tsarist Russia

Author : Peter Waldron
ISBN : 0333717171
Genre : History
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The Tsarist Empire posed unique problems to its rulers. Peter Waldron examines the challenges that faced them in terms of geography, culture, finance and military power, analysing the sources of the Russian Empire's strength and the reasons why--when other European monarchies were forced to surrender authority--the tsars were able to maintain their unlimited power for so long.

A History Of Russia

Author : Walter Moss
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121524784
Genre : History
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Moss’s engaging historical account includes full treatment of politics, economics, foreign affairs and wars, and also of everyday life, women, legal developments, religion, literature, art and popular culture. Fully revised, including new text and illustrations

The Journal Of Military History

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ISBN : UOM:39015074906333
Genre : United States
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A History Of Russia To 1917

Author : Walter Moss
ISBN : STANFORD:36105113384825
Genre : History
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This new edition retains the features of the first edition that made it a popular choice in universities and colleges throughout the US, Canada and around the world. Moss's accessible history includes full treatment of everyday life, the role of women, rural life, law, religion, literature and art. In addition, it provides many other features that have proven successful, including: a well-organized and clearly written text, references to varying historical perspectives, numerous illustrations and maps, fully updated bibliographies accompanying each chapter as well as a general bibliography, a glossary, and chronological and genealogical lists.

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