The armies’ role in social processes is unequivocal. Armies can liberate like in the April Revolution in Portugal and armies can oppress how it happened under Pinochet regime in Chile. It is naive to assume that the army will observe political neutrality when social development reaches a crisis. The military usually come to power when the civilian authorities are unable to cope due to an acute power crisis.
Hundreds of military coups have been carried out on various continents since the beginning of the 20th century. Quite a few more have failed. Even in the countries with stable political systems but at the same time with powerful armed forces no one serious politician can’t ignore the corporate interests of the military. Many international problems and conflicts in our “civilized times” are examined if no through the sight of modern arms but with due regard for military – political realities. The army ought to obey the laws of the civil society. But the civil society must be enough mature, stable, democratic to really integrate the armed forces in its own structure.
The twenty- one original articles presented here serve to enlarge the comprehension of a very complicated problem – the army’s role in politics. In a number of articles only at first glance not dealing with the general issue of the book, are analyzed the tendencies of global and regional de-velopments. Without taking them into account is hardly possible to understand the great potenti-alities of the army and it’s undoubtedly limited political role.
The authors of this volume are scholars from fifteen countries of South and North America, Europe and Asia. Among them are nine leaders of national academic institutes and centers, acad-emicians, members and leaders of the international scholar associations.
All that glistens is not gold. And not the brilliancy of scientific degrees and titles but the sig-nificance of new ideas makes the book really up–to–date. The authors present a panorama of such complexity and vitality that the history of different countries becomes more meaningful and more striking than anything the reader has heretofore imagined.
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