Russia: What Next?
By Isaac Deutscher
Oxford University Press, 1953, 230 pp.
Developing the views contained in his biography of Stalin, Mr. Deutscher attempts to project the likely course of events under the dictator's successors. Essentially his thesis is that Stalinism had a rational function in forcibly overcoming Russia's economic and social backwardness, that with the realization of this function has disappeared the raison d'être of the régime, and that there is a reasonable chance for eventual democratic evolution. This sanguine expectation is convincing only if the author's view of Stalinism as pragmatic and self-limiting can be accepted.