In This Review

Religion and Nationalism in Soviet and East European Politics
Religion and Nationalism in Soviet and East European Politics
Edited by Pedro Ramet
Duke University Press, 1985, 282 pp

Nationalism and religion in this region are interlocked: sometimes in harmony, sometimes in mutual hostility, always a problem, separately or together, for the communist regimes which seek to instill their own higher loyalty in the people. The patterns are infinitely complex from country to country. Here the authors, each a specialist in his own field, take rather different approaches, and the coverage, especially of the Soviet Union, is spotty. But the editor has tried, with moderate success, to pull things together, and the book as a whole excels in its balanced treatment of both background and current policies.