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AuthorJacobs, Walter Darnell. author
TitleFrunze: The Soviet Clausewitz 1885-1925 [electronic resource] / by Walter Darnell Jacobs
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1969
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-9112-8
Descript 231 p. online resource

SUMMARY

Alongside the names of such giants of Soviet history as Brezhnev, Khrushยญ chev, Kirov, Kosygin, Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky, the name of Mikhail Vasil'evich Fronze may seem to be out of place. In spite of a most impresยญ sive flowering of Western scholarship on various aspects of the Soviet Union, the figure of Fronze remains relatively undeveloped. It is, in fact, quite possible to produce a history of the Soviet Union in which he is not 1 mentioned. It has been done several times. The Western neglect of Fronze is not duplicated in works produced in the Soviet Union. There, Frunze is almost invariably treated as a major figure and is popularly regarded as one of the great strategists of the early days of the Soviet republic. He holds, as well, a high place in the ranks of the "Old Bolsheviks. " How are these constrasts between the Western and the Soviet scholarly positions to be explained? Several factors account for the high position occupied by Frunze in Soviet historiography. He was a military hero. He had a long record of revolutionยญ ary activity. He died at an early age and did not become involved in the purges and other excesses of Stalin's later career. In short, Frunze's short, active life and his contributions to the revolution suited him almost ideally to the role of historical hero. Western scholars have neglected him, probably, for a number of reasons


CONTENT

I. The Man -- Foreword. Death of a Hero -- I. The Path selected -- II. The Debate -- Prologue to a Debate -- 2. Genesis of the Unified Military Doctrine -- 3. A Battle of Articles -- 4. A Blossom in the Hotbed -- 5. The Debate at the Eleventh Party Congress -- III. The Doctrine -- The End to a Debate -- 6. Wars of the Future -- 7. Arms, Technology, and the Masses -- 8. The Regular Army and Militia -- 9. Inside the Academy and Out -- IV. Some Conclusions -- Ritualism and Reality -- 10. Frunze Today and in 1984 -- 11. Frunzeโ{128}{153}s Testament -- Epilogue: Who won? -- Appendices -- Appendix 1. โ{128}{157}Front and Rear in War of the Futureโ{128}{157} -- Appendix 2. โ{128}{157}Our Military Construction and the Tasks of the Military-Scientific Societiesโ{128}{157} -- Appendix 3. A Note on Frunzeโ{128}{153}s Campaigns -- Bibliographical note


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