Commissars, Commanders, and Civilian Authority: The Structure of Soviet Military Politics

@inproceedings{Colton1979CommissarsCA,
  title={Commissars, Commanders, and Civilian Authority: The Structure of Soviet Military Politics},
  author={T. Colton},
  year={1979}
}
For six decade the Soviet system has been immune to military rebellion and takeover, which often characterizes modernizing countries. How can we explain the stability of Soviet military politics, asks Timothy Colton in his compelling interpretation of civil-military relations in the Soviet Union. Hitherto most western scholars have posited a basic dichotomy of interests between the Soviet army and the Communist party. They view the two institutions as conflictprone, with civilian supremacy… Expand
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