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By Evelyn Waugh

After seven years of marriage, the attractive woman Brenda final has grown uninterested in lifestyles at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that's the delight and pleasure of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. In a unique that mixes tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible temper of the "crazy and sterile generation" among the wars.

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Institutional autonomy is reduced. Political criteria interact with strategic considerations in determining military priorities. However, there exist important differences in the impact of ascriptive and party means of "subjective" civilian control. With ascriptive ties extensively utilized, the autonomy of both military and civilian institutions is circumscribed. The claims of kinship and class take precedence over the claims of impersonal criteria. "36 With party surveillance subordinating the armed forces, it can be argued, political and military institutions have gained some degree of autonomy from ascriptive factors.

23 Combining the attractive political objective of land reform with resistance to the Japanese enabled the Chinese Communist Party to establish a foundation of popular support, in the process achieving party control over the armed forces. 5 percent in 1972, surpassed Page 14 only by South Vietnam 25), and despite the armed forces' extensive involvement in domestic economic, political, and social functions, civilian control has become institutionalized. 26 Implicit in Perlmutter's argument, but meriting further consideration, are certain distinctive features of the Israeli example.

Erikson suggests that the purge initiated in mid-1937 "was dominated absolutely and almost wholly motivated by political consideration . . "40 In China, the armed forces (PLA) have rarely enjoyed a degree of autonomy vis a vis the party (CCP). One can look historically at the inherent nature of guerrilla warfare, in which popular support may be more important than logistical or fire-power superiority. In his 1929 Kutien speech, for example, Mao Tse-tung criticized "erroneous conceptions," such as a "purely military viewpoint" which regarded military and political affairs as opposed to each other.

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