AUTHORGarthoff, Raymond L.
TITLEDeterrence and the Revolution in Soviet Military Doctrine
PUBLISHERBrookings Institution Press
CITYWashington, D.C.

This book uses the lenses of history and the social sciences to investigate the development of Soviet military doctrine between 1945 and 1985. Capitalizing on recently (1990) declassified Soviet writings, author Raymond L. Garthoff examines how Soviet military doctrine has been shaped by a combination of ideology, technology, and the experience and personalities of key government figures. A senior scholar of Soviet military and political history, Garthoff points out that while the U.S. viewed nuclear deterrence as the chief means to accomplish its two objectives of containing Soviet expansion and preventing war, the Soviet Union viewed deterrence as only one policy tool. The study starts with an analysis of Soviet policies from 1945 to 1985, then devotes attention to the Gorbachev years of 1985 to 1990 in particular. Garthoff argues that a more complete understanding of Soviet policy is necessary groundwork for rethinking the U.S. approach to nuclear deterrence and war-prevention policy. Detailed footnotes supplement the text.

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