Storm of Steel

Author: Mary R. Habeck
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801471389
Format: PDF
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In this fascinating account of the battle tanks that saw combat in the European Theater of World War II, Mary R. Habeck traces the strategies developed between the wars for the use of armored vehicles in battle. Only in Germany and the Soviet Union were truly original armor doctrines (generally known as "blitzkreig" and "deep battle") fully implemented. Storm of Steel relates how the German and Soviet armies formulated and chose to put into practice doctrines that were innovative for the time, yet in many respects identical to one another. As part of her extensive archival research in Russia, Germany, and Britain, Habeck had access to a large number of formerly secret and top-secret documents from several post-Soviet archives. This research informs her comparative approach as she looks at the roles of technology, shared influences, and assumptions about war in the formation of doctrine. She also explores relations between the Germans and the Soviets to determine whether collaboration influenced the convergence of their armor doctrines.

Military Doctrine

Author: Bert Chapman
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 031335233X
Format: PDF, Docs
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This comprehensive volume provides a thorough overview of 20th- and 21st-century military doctrines worldwide.

Lyme Disease and the SS Elbrus

Author: Rachel Verdon
Publisher: Rachel Verdon
Format: PDF, Docs
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"Lyme Disease and the SS Elbrus" is a WWII history of the Soviet Union's fur shipping industry, Lend-Lease, and the subsequent suspect infestation of Lyme Disease at four major port sites in America. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union's secret military-industrial complex began in 1926 and lasted long after the Capitulation. Newly declassified historical records point to the Soviet Union's double-crossing its Western Allies. The Communists long range plans with the Nazis to overthrow democracies from within through tick borne diseases of the nervous system and doping the belligerents intensified during the Cold War. After all, we cannot run a democracy on drug addicts. As our US Health Department remained silent for over half a century on the advancement of these tick borne plagues, the American Intelligence Community opened the doors to Nazi Paperclip scientists and Dragon Returnees "from Russia With Love" to fight the Cold War, totally compromising our national security. By 1951, Congress passed the Trade Agreements Extension Act banning shipments of Russian and Chinese furs; too little, too late. Here lies the explanation for an onslaught of global drug trafficking from the Golden Triangle to the ODESSA drug cartel. We seek a witness to the Soviet Union's military/industrial collaboration with Nazis before, during and after WWII. Who was I.G. Farben chemist, Dr. Henry Tolkmith? Was his identity switched with the infamous Auschwitz Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele, both an expert in poison gas and tick borne plagues, his expertise highly coveted both East and West? This author is asking historical witnesses to come forth and solve the mystery of Lyme Disease and the SS Elbrus.

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics Updated Edition

Author: John J. Mearsheimer
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393076240
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"A superb book.…Mearsheimer has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the behavior of great powers."—Barry R. Posen, The National Interest The updated edition of this classic treatise on the behavior of great powers takes a penetrating look at the question likely to dominate international relations in the twenty-first century: Can China rise peacefully? In clear, eloquent prose, John Mearsheimer explains why the answer is no: a rising China will seek to dominate Asia, while the United States, determined to remain the world's sole regional hegemon, will go to great lengths to prevent that from happening. The tragedy of great power politics is inescapable.

Democracies at War

Author: Dan Reiter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400824458
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Why do democracies win wars? This is a critical question in the study of international relations, as a traditional view--expressed most famously by Alexis de Tocqueville--has been that democracies are inferior in crafting foreign policy and fighting wars. In Democracies at War, the first major study of its kind, Dan Reiter and Allan Stam come to a very different conclusion. Democracies tend to win the wars they fight--specifically, about eighty percent of the time. Complementing their wide-ranging case-study analysis, the authors apply innovative statistical tests and new hypotheses. In unusually clear prose, they pinpoint two reasons for democracies' success at war. First, as elected leaders understand that losing a war can spell domestic political backlash, democracies start only those wars they are likely to win. Secondly, the emphasis on individuality within democratic societies means that their soldiers fight with greater initiative and superior leadership. Surprisingly, Reiter and Stam find that it is neither economic muscle nor bandwagoning between democratic powers that enables democracies to win wars. They also show that, given societal consent, democracies are willing to initiate wars of empire or genocide. On the whole, they find, democracies' dependence on public consent makes for more, rather than less, effective foreign policy. Taking a fresh approach to a question that has long merited such a study, this book yields crucial insights on security policy, the causes of war, and the interplay between domestic politics and international relations.