Soviet Strategy After Stalin

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


Stalin’s death in March 1953 undoubtedly had a liberating effect on Soviet strategic thought. Under Stalin, the military had been permitted little more than the incantation of official dogmas concerning Permanently Operating Factors and the selective study of their own wartime campaigns to find instances of these factors at work. All things that were difficult to explain in the past, which might undermine complacency in the present or lead to loss of confidence in the future, were ignored.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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