© 2002

The Military History of the Soviet Union

  • Robin Higham
  • Frederick W. Kagan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Robin Higham, Frederick W. Kagan
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Formation of the Soviet Army and Navy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. David R. Stone
      Pages 13-33
    3. Robert M. Ponichtera, David R. Stone
      Pages 35-50
    4. David R. Stone
      Pages 65-78
    5. Mary R. Habeck
      Pages 93-108
    6. John Erickson
      Pages 109-136
    7. Frederick W. Kagan
      Pages 137-151
    8. Mark O’Neill
      Pages 153-168
    9. Christopher C. Lovett
      Pages 169-195
  4. The Soviet Army and Navy in the Cold War and Beyond

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Mark O’Neill
      Pages 221-235
    3. Christopher C. Lovett
      Pages 237-258
    4. Scott McMichael
      Pages 259-274
    5. William E. Odom
      Pages 299-318

About this book


The Military History of the Soviet Union and The Military History of Tsarist Russia treat Russian military history from the rise of the Muscovite state to the present, even peeking briefly into the future. The two volumes will cover Russia's land forces extensively, but will also cover the development of the Russian Navy, and the creation and development of the Russian Air Force, parts of the Russian military machine which are frequently neglected in general writings. The historical analysis will address the development and function of the Russian military whether in peace or in war, as well as the impact of war and changes in the military upon Russian society and politics.


army civil war Cold War history international relations military history peace revolution Russia Soviet Union Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Editors and affiliations

  • Robin Higham
    • 1
  • Frederick W. Kagan
    • 2
  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Russian and Soviet military historyYale UniversityUSA

About the editors

FREDERICK W. KAGAN is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

ROBIN HIGHAM is Professor of History at Kansas State University.

Bibliographic information


'...a handy one-volume military history of the Soviet Union that will delight enthusiasts and assist instructors.' - Dr. Matthew R. Schwonek, Air and Space Power Journal

'...these volumes offer a concise, well-organized, balanced and authoritative overview of a centrally important strand in Russia's history.' - Roger Bartlett, SEER