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The war in Chechnya /
Stasys Knezys and Romanas Sedlickas.
imprint
College Station, TX : Texas A&M University Press, c1999.
description
xiv, 359 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 25 cm.
ISBN
089096856X
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College Station, TX : Texas A&M University Press, c1999.
isbn
089096856X
general note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
catalogue key
3201162
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-08:
During its two-year duration, Chechnya's war for secession became emblematic of the brutal ineptitude of the Russian military. Although apparently vastly superior in force, Moscow was compelled to negotiate a stalemated peace after reducing much of Chechnya's cities to rubble, turning much of its population into refugees, and, according to the authors, committing "countless massive atrocities." This book explains how Russia's divided and overly confident military fell victim to the strategy of ambush and "military terrorist actions." The book's strength is its analysis of the war's phases and use of internal documents translated into English for the first time. Much of the material duplicates Carlotta Gall and Thomas deWaal's Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (LJ 2/1/98) and Anatol Lieven's Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (LJ 4/1/98), which is superior in explaining the war's larger domestic political context. Knezys and Sedlickas excel in recounting battlefield tactics. For larger academic libraries.ÄZachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2000-02:
The War in Chechnya is a useful analysis of that conflict by two former officers from the US and Soviet armies respectively. It presents the most detailed military history of the 1994-96 conflict yet available and should be in every college library--especially given the second Russian invasion of Chechnya that began in September 1999. The authors are sympathetic to the Chechen cause, but their writing is factual and objective. The analysis focuses on battles and tactics, in contrast to other books on the war, which tend to examine political decision-making in Moscow and Grozny and international reactions to the conflict. Examples of the latter include Carlotta Gall's Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus ( 1998) and Anatol Lieven's Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (CH, Jul'99). The volume under review does not contain much political analysis. Chapter 18 profiles the late President Dudaev; profiles of other leaders would have helped to explain the motives and objectives of the Chechens. Factional disputes among Chechen leaders are not discussed or explained. The book draws on Russian and Lithuanian press sources and contains several dozen maps, including useful plans of the street fighting. One deficiency is a curious transliteration system that introduces "j" into Russian names instead of the customary "y" or "i." P. Rutland Wesleyan University
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
The war in Chechnya, despite all the media coverage, remains a confusing tangle for many people. The war was the result of many conflicting political, economic, judicial, and military issues that had been fermenting for decades. Only the most fundamental goals became clearly visible: for Moscow, the preservation of its territorial integrity; for Chechens, the struggle for national independence.In this carefully researched and extensively documented study, Stasys Knezys and Romanas Sedlickas examine the Chechen war from a military viewpoint. As they evenhandedly depict the strengths and weaknesses of both the Russians and Chechens, the authors consider how and why Russia, with one of the world's largest armies, failed to subdue the Chechens, and how the Chechens fought among themselves, yet also fought off the Russian Goliath.One reason the Chechens had the success they did was the expansion of the relationship of politics and war to the triangle of "politics, war, and terrorism." Knezys andSedlickas examine this question: "Is military terrorism . . . a new tactical element, ensuring the success of a small country's resistance to a powerful army?"The War in Chechnya does not answer all the questions raised by this war, but it presents comprehensive and impartial information about the military strategy and nature and conduct of operations on both sides to allow the reader to begin to answer some of those questions. Military analysts and historians, political scientists, and Eastern European scholars will find The War in Chechnya an illuminating analysis of the military operations there and a valuable source of information for further studies.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Examines the war from a military viewpoint & considers how the mighty Russian army failed to subdue the Chechens.
Main Description
The recent war in Chechnya, despite all the media coverage, remains a confusing tangle for many people. The war was the result of many conflicting political, economic, judicial, and military issues that had been fermenting for decades. Only the most fundamental goals became clearly visible: for Moscow, the preservation of its territorial integrity; for Chechens, the struggle for national independence. In this carefully researched and extensively documented study, Stasys Knezys and Romanas Sedlickas examine the Chechnyan war from a military viewpoint. As they evenhandedly depict the strengths and weaknesses of both the Russians and Chechens, the authors consider how and why Russia, with one of the world's largest armies, failed to subdue the Chechens, and how the Chechens fought among themselves, yet also fought off the Russian Goliath. One reason the Chechens had the success they did was the expansion of the relationship of "politics and war" to the triangle of "politics, war, and terrorism." Knezys and Sedlickas examine this question: "Is military terrorism . . . a new tactical element, ensuring the success of a small country's resistance to a powerful army?" The War in Chechnyadoes not answer all the questions raised by this war, but it presents comprehensive, objective, impartial information about the military strategy and nature and conduct of operations on both sides to allow the reader to begin to answer some of those questions. Military analysts and historians, political scientists, and Eastern European scholars will find The War in Chechnyaan illuminating analysis of the military operations there and a valuable source of information for further studies.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Series Editor's Statement
The National Anthem of Chechnya
Introductionp. 3
A Nation That Could Not Be Forced to Its Knees
Chechnya's Road to Independencep. 9
Preparations to Defend Chechnya's Independencep. 33
The First Period of the War in Chechnya
The First Stage of the Warp. 43
Preparations for Military Operations in Chechnyap. 53
The Operation to Blockade Groznip. 71
The Assault of Grozni and Its Defensep. 90
Preparations for Military Operations in the Other Regions of Chechnyap. 113
Warfare in the Flatlandsp. 127
Warfare in the Mountainsp. 148
The Tragedy of Budionovskp. 158
Results of the First Period of the Warp. 179
The Second Period of the War in Chechnya
Negotiations for Peacep. 193
The "Election" Campaignp. 217
The Third Period of the War in Chechnya
The Second Terrorist Operationp. 235
The "Peace Protocols"p. 252
War during Negotiationsp. 267
The End of the War in Chechnyap. 286
Dudajev as a Symbol of the Fight for Freedomp. 305
Closing Wordsp. 324
Notesp. 335
Indexp. 349
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