84 Book Reviews / Th e Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 38 (2011) 73–94 John W. Steinberg. All the Tsar’s Men: Russia’s General Staﬀ and the Fate of Empire, 1898-1914 (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Baltimore: Th e Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). xvii + 383 pp., $ 60.00 (hb), ISBN 9780801895456. Th e Prussian army’s brilliant performance during the decades leading up to German uniﬁ cation in 1871 inspired the mystique of the general staﬀ . It was this institution – a highly educated, elite group of oﬃ cers who helped their generals with intelligence, logistics, training, and the other tasks necessary to command armies on an increasingly complex battleﬁ eld – that many came to see as the secret to the Teutonic kingdom’s success in war. By the end of the nineteenth century, the armies of all modern states had a similar body of military professionals along with academies to teach them. Historians continue to be intrigued by what Captain Sir Basil Liddel Hart aptly termed “an all-powerful military priesthood,” whose inﬂ uence he likened to the Jesuits at their apogee. John Steinberg, the author of All the Tsar’s Men: Russia’s General Staﬀ and the Fate of
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