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Military governments have been around since the days of feudalism It is the oldest and most common political state According to Shively a military government is one in which a group of officers use their troops to take over the governmental apparatus and run it themselves Military governments are usually weak in appeasing the masses for they are known to be brutal and power hungry and are also rather fragile both internally and externally In its primitive state existing as feudalism the high ranking officialsnobility and the military itself was composed solely of the elite ruling class But as society became more complex the role of the elite was slightly altered as technology progressed and the nobility and kings no longer controlled weapons nor could prevent the disintegration of the feudal society Modern military governments usually occur after the military stages a coup A coup is the forceful deposition of a government by all or a portion of the armed forces and installation of a new military government Coups ordinarily take place when the present government poses a threat to the state or the status quo Because the military controls more armed power than anyone in a state they have the ability to take over the government at any given time In Power and Choice Shively questions the notion of the infrequency of military governments Yes they are common but why arent they more common The reason being that as societies advance and become more complex it is necessary for the ruling elite to be more knowledgeable of the processes by which a government is operated This explains the recurrence of civilian-run governments The military may have a few leaders who are skilled politically but the armed forces are not customarily trained to run governments Recall that the role of the military is to protect and serve the state therefore there is usually a cycle known as
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