Bettina Renz is Associate Professor of Politics &
International Relations at the University of Nottingham
"Putin's determination to restore Russian military prowess and his
use of force cannot be understood just as a challenge to Western
states. Renz's multi-layered scholarly analysis provides the
strategic context to soberly assess the changing role and prospects
for Russia's new military forces."
Roy Allison, St. Antony's College, Oxford.
'This is a rare book whose author seeks to genuinely understand where Russia is coming from as it rebuilds its military power. It should be read by anyone wanting to get beyond the black-and-white picture of the West's relations with Russia.'
Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center.
"[A] well-written and cogently argued book."
Changing Character of War Centre
"An important book for anyone interested in or concerned with
Russia as a military adversary, or indeed as a counterpart.
Analysts and journalists will find something new, and for any
military officer who might have to deal with Russia on a more
adversarial basis, this must be seen as essential reading."
Frank Ledwidge, The RUSI Journal
'Renz's work is readable, useful, and thought-provoking. She
has done us a favor by deflating a bit the idea that Russians are
ten feet tall again. This book is a solid, practical work on recent
Russian military history and well worth the reading.'
The Journal of Military History
'an ideal introduction to the modern Russian military,
written by an expert in Russian military reform, Bettina Renz...
Renz is no apologist for Russia's behavior, yet she does an
admirable job demonstrating the strategic problems Russia seeks to
solve and how the Russian military addresses the country's
Air University Press
'concise but thorough and wide-ranging...it is recommended
reading for those coming to terms with Moscow's role on the
"well-researched and clearly articulated... The military
academies of the West would do well to put this book in their
Political Science Quarterly
"This book presents a fascinating exploration of Russia's
military revival through an expert analysis of Russia's deep-rooted
perceptions of power, sovereignty, and security."
Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society