Storm of Steel

Author: Mary R. Habeck
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801471389
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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
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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
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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.

Secession and Security

Author: Ahsan I. Butt
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501713965
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"The book is an excellent addition to the scholarly literature on subnational movements, both past and present, offering a range of insights to policymakers across the globe."—Ayesha Jalal, author of The Struggle for Pakistan "With judicious use of empirical evidence and rich case studies, Ahsan I. Butt makes a compelling case that states’ responses to secessionist movements turn to a considerable degree on their external security environments."—S. Paul Kapur, author of Jihad as Grand Strategy In Secession and Security, Ahsan I. Butt argues that states, rather than separatists, determine whether a secessionist struggle will be peaceful, violent, or genocidal. He investigates the strategies, ranging from negotiated concessions to large-scale repression, adopted by states in response to separatist movements. Variations in the external security environment, Butt argues, influenced the leaders of the Ottoman Empire to use peaceful concessions against Armenians in 1908 but escalated to genocide against the same community in 1915; caused Israel to reject a Palestinian state in the 1990s; and shaped peaceful splits in Czechoslovakia in 1993 and the Norway-Sweden union in 1905. Using more than one hundred interviews and extensive archival data, Butt focuses on two main cases—Pakistani reactions to Bengali and Baloch demands for independence in the 1970s and India’s responses to secessionist movements in Kashmir, Punjab, and Assam in the 1980s and 1990s. Butt’s deep historical approach to his subject will appeal to policymakers and observers interested in the last five decades of geopolitics in South Asia, the contemporary Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and ethno-national conflict, separatism, and nationalism more generally.

Sustainable Security

Author: Jeremi Suri
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190611480
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As the world shifts away from the unquestioned American hegemony that followed in the wake of the Cold War, the United States is likely to face new kinds of threats and sharper resource constraints than it has in the past. However, the country's alliances, military institutions, and national security strategy have changed little since the Cold War. American foreign and defense policies, therefore, should be assessed for their fitness for achieving sustainable national security amidst the dynamism of the international political economy, changing domestic politics, and even a changing climate. This book brings together sixteen leading scholars from across political science, history, and political economy to highlight a range of American security considerations that deserve a larger role in both scholarship and strategic decision-making. In these chapters, scholars of political economy and the American defense budget examine the economic engine that underlies U.S. military might and the ways the country deploys these vast (but finite) resources. Historians illuminate how past great powers coped with changing international orders through strategic and institutional innovations. And regional experts assess America's current long-term engagements, from NATO to the chaos of the Middle East to the web of alliances in Asia, deepening understandings that help guard against both costly commitments and short-sighted retrenchments. This interdisciplinary volume sets an agenda for future scholarship that links politics, economics, and history in pursuit of sustainable security for the United States - and greater peace and stability for Americans and non-Americans alike.

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.