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Commissars, Commanders, and Civilian Authority: The Structure of Soviet Military Politics
Commissars, Commanders, and Civilian Authority: The Structure of Soviet Military Politics
By Timothy J. Colton
Harvard University Press, 1979, 365 pp

With impressive knowledge of his subject Colton arrives at conclusions on military-political relations which are at variance with the received wisdom of others of the small band of Western scholars expert in this field. Specifically, he sees the party organs as not really controlling or monitoring the military but participating as partners in the system.