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After Brezhnev: Sources of Soviet Conduct in the 1980s
After Brezhnev: Sources of Soviet Conduct in the 1980s
Edited by Robert F. Byrnes
Indiana University Press (with the Center for Strategic and International S, 1983, 457 pp.

In 1947, in a relatively short article, George Kennan set the model for a generation of American scholars and public officials on the subject of the sources of Soviet conduct. Now, under the sponsorship of Georgetown University and the guidance of Robert Byrnes, 35 American and British experts have addressed the same subject in this weighty volume. The Soviet Union has changed in the interim, Soviet studies have flourished in the West, and the methods of study have changed, but, while understanding has increased, many of the questions remain unanswered or unanswerable. Nevertheless, this is a very solid work, representing the best in American expertise on the internal affairs and external relations of the U.S.S.R.