By Ian V. Hogg

Allied Artillery of worldwide struggle

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The Revolution and Invasion Constraints more efficient in the production of internal security, while military power has a comparative advantage in producing external security. In this model repression and rearmament are inputs into the dictator’s power. Ω The intersection of the two constraints shows the efficient combination where the dictator sets military power equal to M≠ and repression equal to R≠. To the southwest of this point, the ruler is insecure both internally and externally. To the northwest he is safe from foreign enemies but his domestic enemies will overthrow him; to the southeast his domestic enemies are repressed but the foreign enemy will attack.

This is an attempt by Kamenev and his friends to form an outright bloc with the bourgeois governments against the Soviet government’’ (Davies, Khlevniuk, et al. ∑ Perceptions like this were based on principles that Stalin followed consistently for many years. It is a hallmark of these principles that he adhered to them in private as well as in public. On June 4, 1932, for example, he wrote concerning rebellion in Mongolia to his deputy Lazar Kaganovich that the Mongolian government ‘‘should declare that the rebel chiefs are agents of the Chinese and especially the Japanese imperialists, who are seeking to strip Mongolia of its freedom and independence’’ (Davies, Khlevniuk, et al.

The long-term danger to the Soviet Union did not lie with the neighbors but with Germany and Japan. In September 1931 Japan invaded Manchuria; this was the first step along her path to World War II. Although strong Soviet defenses eventually deflected Japanese ambitions to easier pickings in the British and Dutch colonies in southeast Asia, there can be no doubt that Japan originally intended to make gains at the expense of Soviet territory. Within a year a ‘‘Russian National Union’’ had been formed in Manchuria with the aim of forming an independent state in Siberia allied to Japan (Davies 1996: 278).

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