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The Neo-Stalinist State
The Neo-Stalinist State
By Victor Zaslavsky
Sharpe, 1982, 208 pp.

A collection of essays on various aspects of Soviet society in the Brezhnev period, describing what is still a Stalinist system in essence but without mass terror and with an "organized consensus" that provides stability. The author, now an émigré scholar, was trained in the U.S.S.R. and did his early sociological work there. Making intelligent use of both Soviet and Western studies, he develops some original propositions which, though in need of further testing, are relevant to an understanding of the Brezhnev era and to the matter of what can be expected, in domestic change and foreign policy, in the future.