Reviews May 1990 The Civil War and Perestroika By Michael Warder To calculate where a cannonball will land, it is necessary to know its initial angle of trajectory and the amount of force that propels it. It is the persuasive thesis of W. Bruce Lincoln that the Russian Civil War was the historic explosion that ever since has determined the direction and velocity of the Soviet system. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Michael Warder Michael Warder was an associate publisher of Chronicles. He is now the principal of The Warder Consultancy.