Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Endurance and WarThe National Sources of Military Cohesion$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jasen J. Castillo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789103

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 20 October 2019

The Soviet Union, 1941

The Soviet Union, 1941

Chapter:
(p.141) 5 The Soviet Union, 1941
Source:
Endurance and War
Author(s):

Jasen J. Castillo

Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0005

Chapter five examines the performance of the Soviet Armed Forces while defending its homeland against the German onslaught in 1941. Cohesion theory explains how and why Stalin's authoritarian army recovered from the shock of Germany's initial blow to launch a counterattack. A strong state composed of hard-core supporters kept the armed forces intact and fighting. Ideology, commitment to the defense of the Russian homeland, and a highly coercive state prevented organized opposition in the armed forces and at home. These factors explain why the Tsarist Russia's army collapsed in 1917 but why the Red Army did not under more dire circumstances. The chapter concludes by evaluating cohesion theory and comparing the Red Army's cohesion with Germany and France during the Second World War.

Keywords:   cohesion theory, military cohesion, Soviet Union, World War II, authoritarian military, Red Army

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.