The Soviet Impact in Africa

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The Soviet Impact in Africa

Edited by R. Craig Nation and Mark V. Kauppi
Lexington Books, 1984
271 pp. $27.50
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Viewing the present period of Soviet "retrenchment" in Africa as "an appropriate moment for scholarly revaluations," this excellent collection takes a long look at Soviet intentions and achievements, as well as their consequences for Africa. Survivors of the regionalist-globalist debates of the Carter era will not find many surprises in its main theme: that African aims and policy always heavily constrain Soviet bloc activities in this sphere of limited interest. But first-rate essays by Colin Legum, Marina Ottaway, Christopher Cohen and Joachim Krause, in particular, shed broad illumination on many of the aspects.