Izvestiya of Saratov University.
ISSN 1819-4907 (Print)
ISSN 2542-1913 (Online)


The British Army in 1930s: Activity of Secretaries of State for War A. Duff Cooper and L. Hore-Belisha

The article reviews the activities of Secretaries of State for War of Great Britain, Alfred Duff Cooper and Leslie Hore-Belisha on specific issues of modernization of British land forces during the period of 1936–1939. The work is based mainly on archival material: memoranda and conclusions of the British Cabinet, which are available on the official site of the National Archives of Great Britain.

The Question of the USSR’s Potential Enemies in Potential War in 1920s

The article examines Russian relations with potential adversaries in the interwar period. The author systematizes a number of diplomatic Anti-Soviet Acts and the ranking of states threatening the USSR’s foreign policy during 1920s.

Financial aspects of relations between Soviet Union and France in the mid 1920s

The article examine bilateral economic relations between France and Soviet Union  during 1920s. Author analyses documents and materials of Political Bureau of the Communist Party focused on Soviet approaches toward the issues of foreign dept, mutual obligations and financial disputes and issues.


В статье освещается история создания и становления военно-учебных заведений Саратова и Энгельса. Рассмотрен их вклад в подготовку офицерских кадров для Красной армии.

Rifle Сorps in Saratov

The article is devoted to the rifle corps of the Red Army, whose headquarters were established in Saratov.

The Land Forces of Great Britain in the Middle of the 1930s: Problems of Modernization

Traditional views on the role of the army and difficult situation in the country in the 1920s and early 1930s largely contributed to stagnation of the British army. As a result, land forces did not meet the requirements of modern warfare. In response to changes in the European context, the Army General Staff developed a plan for “limited modernization,” but military issues remained in the shadow of Air Force and Navy.