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The dictator's army : battlefield effectiveness in authoritarian regimes, Caitlin Talmadge

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The dictator's army : battlefield effectiveness in authoritarian regimes
Title
The dictator's army
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battlefield effectiveness in authoritarian regimes
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Caitlin Talmadge
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eng
Summary
In The Dictator's Army, Caitlin Talmadge presents a compelling new argument to help us understand why authoritarian militaries sometimes fight very well<U+0127> �and sometimes very poorly. Talmadge's framework for understanding battlefield effectiveness focuses on four key sets of military organizational practices: promotion patterns, training regimens, command arrangements, and information management. Different regimes face different domestic and international threat environments, leading their militaries to adopt different policies in these key areas of organizational behavior. Authoritarian regimes facing significant coup threats are likely to adopt practices that squander the state's military power, while regimes lacking such threats and possessing ambitious foreign policy goals are likely to adopt the effective practices often associated with democracies. Talmadge shows the importance of threat conditions and military organizational practices for battlefield performance in two paired comparisons of states at war: North and South Vietnam (1963<U+0127> �1975) and Iran and Iraq (1980<U+0127> �1988). Drawing on extensive documentary sources, her analysis demonstrates that threats and practices can vary not only between authoritarian regimes but also within them, either over time or across different military units. The result is a persuasive explanation of otherwise puzzling behavior by authoritarian militaries. The Dictator's Army offers a vital practical tool for those seeking to assess the likely course, costs, and outcomes of future conflicts involving nondemocratic adversaries, allies, or coalition partners.--
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Talmadge, Caitlin
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illustrations
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Cornell studies in security affairs
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  • Authoritarianism
  • Military policy
  • Politics and war
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988
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The dictator's army : battlefield effectiveness in authoritarian regimes, Caitlin Talmadge
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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text
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Contents
Introduction: the puzzle of battlefield effectiveness -- A framework for explaining battlefield effectiveness -- Threats and military organizational practices in North and South Vietnam -- Battlefield effectiveness in North and South Vietnam -- Threats and military organizational practices in Iraq and Iran -- Battlefield effectiveness in Iraq and Iran -- Conclusion: threats, military organizational practices, and the battlefields of the future
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FIEb17750106
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 304 pages
Isbn
9781501700293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)904801037
Label
The dictator's army : battlefield effectiveness in authoritarian regimes, Caitlin Talmadge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: the puzzle of battlefield effectiveness -- A framework for explaining battlefield effectiveness -- Threats and military organizational practices in North and South Vietnam -- Battlefield effectiveness in North and South Vietnam -- Threats and military organizational practices in Iraq and Iran -- Battlefield effectiveness in Iraq and Iran -- Conclusion: threats, military organizational practices, and the battlefields of the future
Control code
FIEb17750106
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 304 pages
Isbn
9781501700293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)904801037

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