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This innovative study examines the early years of the Red Army as it developed from a revolutionary partisan force into a modern, professional institution under the leadership of Mikhail Tukhachevsky, an important and controversial figure in the politics of the Stalin period. Sally Stoecker combines her institutional analysis of the formative period of the Soviet military with an astute look at the person and political maneuvers of Marshal Tukhachevsky and his complex relationship with Stalin, which eventually led to his spectacular downfall and execution in the Great Terror of the late 1930s.Based on newly available archival materials, the book will be welcomed not only by military historians but also by Russian historians for the light it sheds on a vital area of Soviet political history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813337357
ISBN-10: 0813337356
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sally W. Stoecker

Sally W. Stoecker is Research Professor in the School of International Service at American University. She is also project coordinator at American University's Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (Traccc) and an executive editor of the journal Demokratizatsiya.

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