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The Soviet Impact in Africa
The Soviet Impact in Africa
Edited by R. Craig Nation and Mark V. Kauppi
Lexington Books, 1984, 271 pp

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.