In This Review

Russia and the Road to Appeasement: Cycles of East-West Conflict in War and Peace
Russia and the Road to Appeasement: Cycles of East-West Conflict in War and Peace
By George Liska
Johns Hopkins, 1982, 261 pp.

Not conventional history or academic political science, but rather a broad philosophical essay on the theme of future world order, with frequent excursions into the past to illuminate social and intercultural dynamics relevant to present and future. Liska's work-this is the last in a series of four volumes on America and Russia-is marked by wordy, often debatable and sometimes obscure generalizations, but the ideas are arresting and the argument is impressive. Preserving the heritage of the West and facing the global North-South problem, he maintains, requires a controlled relaxation within Russia and a gradual accommodation-he is not afraid of the word "appeasement"-between East and West. As to policy, he is as contemptuous of the naive idealism of Western liberals as of the crude cold-war dogmatism of the neoconservatives.