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Ideology of a Superpower: Contemporary Soviet Doctrine on International Relations
Ideology of a Superpower: Contemporary Soviet Doctrine on International Relations
By R. Judson Mitchell
Hoover, 1982, 159 pp

By carefully collecting and dissecting Soviet statements and writings the author traces the changes in Soviet ideology corresponding to the U.S.S.R.'s rise to the status of a global superpower and leading to what he describes as the "second Brezhnev doctrine." He may overargue the case of the role of ideology as a determinant of policy, but the exercise is a useful one, especially in clarifying what the Soviets mean by correlation of forces, détente, coexistence, proletarian internationalism, and other familiar but often misunderstood terms.