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Afghanistan : The Soviet Union's Last War - Mark Galeotti


The Soviet Union's Last War

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1995
ISBN: 9780714645674
Number Of Pages: 224

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The last war of the Soviet superpower was played out against the backdrop of dramatic change within the USSR. This study is the first to adopt a broad perspective to identify the impact and implications of the Afghan war on Russian politics and society. It draws extensively upon official and unofficial sources, as well as the afganets veterans themselves, to illustrate the way the war fed into a wide range of other processes, from the retreat from globalism in foreign policy to the rise of grassroots political activism.
The veterans, their experiences and fates are examined both to explode certain myths and to use them as a case study in the politics of the Brezhnev era, the distribution of power and the state's relationship with disenfranchised citizens. The same approach is used to examine the war's victims - from injured veterans to bereaved families and carers forced to pick up the pieces - and then the rise of social and political movements related to the war. Further, Afghanistan's implications for the military, notably the professional officer corps, underline how the war dramatised issues already coming to the fore and accelerated changes already taking place.
The central thesis of the book is that the war must be seen in the context of the fall of the USSR and the rise of the new Russia. It did not bury Brezhnevism and then Gorbachevism, though it certainly helped. But the experience of Afghanistan played its part in the evolution of post-Soviet Russia's foreign and security policies. When Boris Yeltsin appointed his first defence minister he picked an afganets, and the 1993 Military Doctrine called on the lessons of Afghanistan in quelling unrest within and on Russia's borders.

Introduction - invasion
The veterans: the experience of war
Coming home - children of the war
The victims of the war: broken bodies, broken minds
Parents, workmates, neighbours, lovers
The war and society: veteran society
Afgantsy and politics
The war and politics - impact
The war and politics, consequences
The war and professional soldiers: the Afghan brotherhood
The art of war
Russia's next wars
Anatomy of a small war
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ISBN: 9780714645674
ISBN-10: 0714645672
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st April 1995
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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