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The Russian Way of War: in Crisis?

Isabelle Facon

in The Oxford Handbook of War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199562930
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199562930.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 The Russian Way of War: in Crisis?

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Russia's military history has been marked by an aptitude to ‘produce’ able officers, who ensured Russia's response to foreign attacks while helping the country to extend its geographical reach. Also striking is the continuous interest of Russian military theoreticians in the contributions of foreign military thinkers to the art of warfare and military theory. However, in the post-Cold War years, Russia seems not to have retained much that is positive of its legacy of militarism. Its beleaguered military performed poorly in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and, though to a lesser extent, in Georgia. In all these circumstances, the Russian military appeared unable to act adequately, not only because of the acute moral and material crisis it was living through but also out of what appeared to be operational and conceptual inertia, if not disarray.

Keywords: military history; Russia; foreign attacks; striking; art of warfare; military theory

Article.  6695 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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