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Politics and Technology in the Soviet Union
Politics and Technology in the Soviet Union
By Bruce Parrott
MIT Press, 1983, 428 pp

Much has been written about the transfer of technology from the West to the U.S.S.R. This book, better than any other, relates the questions of technological advance and transfer to the general political aims of the Soviet leadership as those aims have changed over the years. Parrott follows the continuities and shifts of Soviet policy from the first Five-Year Plan to the mid-1970s, documenting the disputes and debates within the leadership-largely between those he terms "traditionalists" and "nontraditionalists"-and giving the reasons why a long-term technology strategy was never adopted. An impressive book, bound to be a landmark for some time.