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Soldiers and Societies in Postcommunist Europe

Legitimacy and Change

  • Anthony Forster
  • Timothy Edmunds
  • Andrew Cottey

Part of the One Europe or Several? book series (OES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Armed Forces and Society: a Framework for Analysis

    1. Timothy Edmunds, Anthony Forster, Andrew Cottey
      Pages 1-22
  3. Central Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Paul Latawski
      Pages 25-40
    3. Marybeth Peterson Ulrich
      Pages 56-75
  4. The Baltic States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Andrius Krivas
      Pages 112-128
  5. Southeastern Europe

  6. The Former Soviet Union

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. James Sherr
      Pages 219-234
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Timothy Edmunds, Anthony Forster, Andrew Cottey
      Pages 237-257

About this book


This major comparative study examines the development of military-society relations in central and eastern Europe since the collapse of communism. Soldiers and Societies in Post-Communist Europe explores how the interaction of the common challenges of postcommunism and the diverse circumstances of individual countries are shaping patterns of military-society relations in this changing region. Detailed country case studies, written by international experts to a common analytical framework, compare the experiences of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia and Ukraine.

Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony Forster
    • 1
  • Timothy Edmunds
    • 1
  • Andrew Cottey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of BristolUK
  2. 2.Department of GovernmentUniversity College CorkRepublic of Ireland

About the editors

ALEX J. BELLAMY Lecturer, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia LAURA CLEARY Senior Lecturer, Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis, Cranfield University, UK PÁL DUNAY Director of the International Training Course in Security Policy, Geneva Centre for Security Policy JAMES GOW Professor of International Peace and Security, Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK LJUBICA JELUSIC Head of Defence Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia ANDRIUS KRIVAS NATO Integration Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania PAUL LATAWSKI Senior Lecturer, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK MARJAN MALESIC Head of the Defence Research Centre, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia JAMES SHERR Fellow, Conflict Studies Research Centre, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK JAN ARVEDS TRAPANS Senior Fellow, Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces MARYBETH PETERSON ULRICH Associate Professor of Government, Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College LARRY L. WATTS Security Sector Reform Consultant, Office of the Romanian Presidency MARIE VLACHOVÁ Senior Fellow, Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces IVAN ZVERZANOVSKI Research Student, Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK

Bibliographic information


'[This book] provides well researched analyses of the diverse ways in which the individual countries of the CEE region have evolved new perspectives and norms of military legitimacy during a period of dramatic change...anyone serving in a CEE country or working with staff officers or troops from this region would do well to dip into this volume.' - Peter Williams, The British Army Review