Social Insecurity
Brian E. Denton

(ch.9) I take this to be a realistic description of the inner workings of the Russian army in 1805 although some aspects are quite surprising. What Boris notices as an “unwritten subordination” seems to be the intrusion of the peacetime class structure, cutting across rank and seniority. Or is it just the personal charisma of the “cool” Andrei? Another unexpected feature for me, was the discussion of tactics…apparently happening like a debate on the pros and cons of an attack. I imagined the formal hierarchy would take care of that too with a “top-down” decision being communicated without discussion.

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