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The Impact of World War II On the Soviet Union
The Impact of World War II On the Soviet Union
Edited by Susan J. Linz
Rowman & Allanheld, 1985, 300 pp

Western research on the U.S.S.R. is perhaps weakest for the period of World War II and its immediate aftermath. This collaborative and well-edited volume takes us back and fills in some of the gaps in a variety of fields. The endeavor is overambitious in trying to cover so many aspects, but it contains much solid information, especially in the chapters on economics and demography, in a piece on Soviet policy toward Germany (by Robert Slusser), and in the studies of wartime administration and postwar society. At the center of it all is Stalin, although there is no attempt here at an overall assessment of his wartime role.