Poland and the postmodern military
Jurek, Steven James
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Like many subfields in comparative politics, civil-military relations experienced a huge shock when communism collapsed in Eastern Europe and later in the Soviet Union. Civil-military relations theories were unable to account for the relatively peaceful transitions from communism to democracy. That is, the armed forces remained on the sidelines despite the social and political revolutions occurring across Eastern Europe. Despite this setback, the field of civil-military relations has rebounded with new ways of examining civil-military arrangements without the pitfall of being dependent upon the type of regime in power. One model that appears to have universal application, the postmodern military model, has thus far only been applied to Western-democratic nations. This dissertation expands the scope of this post-Cold War model to include examination of postcommunist states. The focus is on Poland, to achieve an in-depth understanding of their case, but also includes comparative analysis by including Hungary, Czech Republic, and Romania.