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The Value of Human Life in Soviet Warfare - Amnon Sella

The Value of Human Life in Soviet Warfare

Hardcover Published: 5th March 1992
ISBN: 9780415024679
Number Of Pages: 252

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Is the Soviet Union more ready than other countries to sacrifice human lives in warfare?
This is a key question not only for military strategists but for anyone interested in ethics and value inquiry. Amnon Sella investigates Soviet attitudes toward the military, toward its own prisoners of war and toward the ethos of fighting to the death. Changes in these attitudes from Czarist times to the present are also discussed by the author. He concludes that the Soviets have been less ready to be ruthless and to tolerate massive sacrifices than has been assumed until now. This surprising attitude is rooted more in utilitarian-military logic than it is in any altruistic compassion.
This unique and controversial study is the first of its kind to appear in the West, and the first to examine Soviet attitudes toward the value of human life in a scientific and systematic way. Because its discourse is that of the military itself, comparisons can be drawn with the military cultures of many different societies.

Introductionp. ix
The Soviet Military Medical Servicep. 1
The Performance of the Service During the Great Patriotic Warp. 32
The Soviet Attitude to Powsp. 90
Fighting at All Costsp. 131
Conclusion: the Value of Human Life in Soviet Warfarep. 186
Notesp. 198
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 222
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ISBN: 9780415024679
ISBN-10: 0415024676
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 5th March 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 1

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