In This Review

Soviet Nationalities in Strategic Perspective
Soviet Nationalities in Strategic Perspective
Edited by S. Enders Wimbush
St. Martin's, 1985, 253 pp.

Western experts on the U.S.S.R.'s nationalities problem are relatively few, and a goodly number of them appear as contributors to this well-edited book. The scope is deliberately limited to the "strategic perspective": how the problem affects the stability, continuity and international position of the Soviet empire. The book is especially good in treating the role of the Muslim peoples on both sides of the border (Hans Braker provides a first-rate chapter on "nationality dynamics" in Sino-Soviet relations) and less impressive in covering the dynamics affecting the peoples of Eastern Europe and the western territories of the U.S.S.R.