Strong Armies, Slow Adaptation: Civil-Military Relations and the Diffusion of Military Power

@article{Kadercan2014StrongAS,
  title={Strong Armies, Slow Adaptation: Civil-Military Relations and the Diffusion of Military Power},
  author={Burak Kadercan},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2014},
  volume={38},
  pages={117-152}
}
Why are some states more willing to adopt military innovations than others? Why, for example, were the great powers of Europe able to successfully reform their military practices to better adapt to and participate in the so-called military revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries while their most important extra-European competitor, the Ottoman Empire, failed to do so? This puzzle is best explained by two factors: civil-military relations and historical timing. In the Ottoman… Expand
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