Ritualism and Reality



Examinations of Soviet doctrine almost invariably lead to the question, “How much of this is ritual?” That is, doctrinal writings produced in the Soviet Union can be viewed ritualistically — how do they conform to the ideology of Marxism-Leninism, or whatever is the current form of orthodoxy — or they can be viewed realistically.


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    A. Svechin, “Chto takoe voennaia daktrina?” Voennoe delo, No 2 (65), March 8, 1920, pp. 39–41.Google Scholar
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    A. A. Nezmanov, “Voennaia doktrina,” Voennoe delo, No. 4 (65), March 22, 1920, p. 98.Google Scholar
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    A. Parskii, “Voennaia doktrina,” Voennoe delo, No. 6 (70), April 3, 1920, p. 161.Google Scholar
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    A. Svechin, “Edinaia voennaia doktrina,” Voennoe delo, No. 8 (72), April 26, 1920, pp. 227–228. A. S. added (at p. 230) that “military science can be only international.” The identity of A. S. is unknown to this writer. He may heve been A. A. Samoilo, a former high ranking officer in the Imperial Army, although this seems unlikely. It is most doubtful that A. S. was A. A. Svechin.Google Scholar
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    Fedor Trutko, “Edinaia voennaia doktrina Krasnoi armii,” Voennoe delo, No. 11 (75), May 22, 1920, pp. 325–326. Trutko is not further identified.Google Scholar

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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MarylandUSA

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