This book investigates the relationship between the Communist Party and the military establishment in the Soviet Union. It indicates that there are several factors influencing the dynamics of that relationship, and thus the respective roles of the protagonists.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Encore Edition -- Preface to the First Edition -- Introduction -- The Nature of Institutional Conflicts -- The Dynamics of Party-Military Relations -- The Historical Perspective -- The Party's Control System in the Military -- Institutional Dialogues: The Conflicts of Interests, Objectives, and Values -- The Dialogue on Professional Autonomy: Military Independence vs. Political Integration -- The Dialogue on Historical Roles: A Forum for Claims, Grievances, and Demands -- The Rise of the Stalingrad Group: A Study in Intramilitary Power Politics -- The Military and the Ouster of Khrushchev -- Dilemma of a Totalitarian Elite -- The New Technology and the Rise of the Technocrat: Their Effect on Party-Military Relations -- Assessing the Military's Role in Soviet Politics -- Appendices -- The Stalingrad Group -- Cycles in Party-Military Relations, 1918-1963 -- Patterns of the Party's Treatment of the Military Under Given Conditions -- The Party's Control Network in the Soviet Military -- Structure and Functions of the Party's Chief Political Organs in the Military -- A Political Morality Tale -- The Ascendance of the Military Viewpoint: Comparisons with the Recent Past -- The Newspaper and Periodical Literature: A Selected, Annotated List