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The Soviet Union and the Third World: An Economic Bind
The Soviet Union and the Third World: An Economic Bind
By Elizabeth K. Valkenier
Praeger, 1983, 188 pp
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Soviet thinking and policy receives here a more searching inquiry than in most of the literature on U.S.S.R.-Third World relations. In addition to the usual statistical sources and official statements, the author has used all the Soviet professional writing (plus interviews with some of the writers) to illustrate significant differences over time and in content. She identifies trends and contending schools of thought which have impelled the Soviets to adapt theory and political aims to economic reality and the recognition of the limits of Soviet influence. She may overstate her case here and there, but it is important that the case be on the record.