A translation of the second edition of Aleksandr Svechin’s seminal work, Strategy. Svechin (1878-1938) was an outstanding Russian military theoretician and widely recognized as the “Soviet Clausewitz.” This book, strongly influenced by the writings and analyses of the contemporary and classic European figures of Svechin’s day, represents his concept of the best approach to national security for the Soviet state.

In addition to the translation of Svechin’s work, Strategy includes a foreword, three introductory essays, three book reviews of Svechin’s original text from the Red Army’s Voina i revoliutsiia [War and Revolution], and a bibliography of Svechin’s published works.


  • Author: Aleksandr A. Svechin
  • ISBN (print): 978-1-879944-33-6
  • ISBN (online): 978-1-879944-71-8
  • ISBN (e-book, EPUB): 978-1-879944-17-6
  • ISBN (e-book, MOBI): 978-1-879944-13-8
  • Year: 1992
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 374

Table of Contents

From the Editor

Introductory Essays
Origins of the Intellectual Rehabilitation of A.A. Svechin
A.A. Kokoshin and V.V. Larionov

The Significance of Svechin’s Military-Theoretical Legacy Today
V.N. Lobov

General-Major A.A. Svechin and Modern Warfare: Military History and Military Theory
Jacob W. Kipp

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition

1. Strategy in a Number of Military Disciplines

Strategy and Politics
1. Politics and Economics
2. The Political Goal of Warfare
3. Plans for Safeguarding Domestic Security
4. The Economic Plan of the War
5. The Diplomatic Plan
6. Political Policy During Wartime

Preparing the Armed Front
1. Initial Principles
2. Building the Armed Forces
3. Military Mobilization
4. Preparing Border Theaters
5. The Operational Plan

Combining Operations for Achieving the Ultimate Goal of the War
1. The Forms of Conducting Military Operations
2. Communications
3. An Operation with a Limited Goal
4. The Strategic Line of Conduct

1. Strategic Leadership
2. Methods of Command

1. Critique and Bibliography by A. Volpe’
2. Critique and Bibliography by V. Novitskii
3. What Is Mobilization and Is It Really Permanent? by L. Modlin


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