This is distinctly a book worth reading, and one that compares favorably with Chamberlin's "Soviet Russia," noted in the previous number. The author was Russian correspondent of the Berliner Tageblatt during most of the period from 1921 to 1929, and was able to reënforce his penetrating observations in the capital by the experiences of extensive travel in all parts of the Soviet union. He probably knows post-revolutionary Russia as well as any foreigner. This book is based directly on his reports to his newspaper, reports which were characterized by unusual discernment and detachment. This is not a diatribe in any sense of the term, but the calm and considered report of happenings by a competent person. The reader will find here interesting chapters dealing not only with the stormy history of Russian domestic politics, but with art and religion and especially with the evolution of Russian foreign policy in Europe and Asia. In one section the author takes up the problem of German eastern policy, one of the major questions of European international relations in the post-war period.
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