• The Russian Understanding of War

  • Blurring the Lines Between War and Peace
  • By: Oscar Jonsson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This book analyzes the evolution of Russian military thought and how Russia's current thinking about war is reflected in recent crises. While other books describe current Russian practice, Oscar Jonsson provides the long view to show how Russian military strategic thinking has developed from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present. He closely examines Russian primary sources including security doctrines and the writings and statements of Russian military theorists and political elites. 

What Jonsson reveals is that Russia's conception of the very nature of war is now changing, as Russian elites see information warfare and political subversion as the most important ways to conduct contemporary war. Since information warfare and political subversion are below the traditional threshold of armed violence, this has blurred the boundaries between war and peace. Jonsson also finds that Russian leaders have, particularly since 2011-12, considered themselves to be at war with the United States and its allies, albeit with nonviolent means. 

This book provides much needed context and analysis to be able to understand recent Russian interventions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, how to deter Russia on the eastern borders of NATO, and how the West must also learn to avoid inadvertent escalation.

©2019 Oscar Jonsson (P)2020 Tantor

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Interesting book

Good book, it goes into great detail which is what I was expecting.
If you are interested in the Russian theory on conflict this will keep your interest.

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shorter than expected

Good overall points but shorter than I expected. It was also redundant in some instances. A good summary of Russia's current mindset.

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Informative but dry

interesting and important knowledge to understand but it was dry and at times boring

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Very interesting

Very interesting and thought provoking. I recommend this book to anyone that likes to learn about the world and stuff.

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  • 05-01-22

Fascinating and deeply informative

Listening two this book in May 2022 gives the content a new perspective. It gives very detailed and evidence based understanding how Russian military leaders think and how they see the world and it’s own place. It’s important if you want to understand why they act as they do. Highly recommended.

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  • 51M0N
  • 12-24-21

Awful Narrator

It's a massive shame because it is an interesting topic, but the narrator is so difficult to listen to, as he is just so boring. I've fallen asleep so many times. The narrator doesn't keep you engaged.