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Moscow and the Polish Crisis: An Interpretation of Soviet Policies and Intentions
Moscow and the Polish Crisis: An Interpretation of Soviet Policies and Intentions
By Sidney I. Ploss
Westview Press, 1986, 182 pp
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The author's interpretation is based on classic Kremlinology, subjecting the Soviet press and other published material to minute examination in the light of expert knowledge of the Soviet system, of past practice and of leading personalities. He claims for this method better results in judging Soviet policy and predicting Soviet actions than Western governments derive from their usual intelligence sources, and makes a good case in following the Polish crisis of 1980-81 when Washington was on occasion taken by surprise. But Western governments, of course, have had their experts practicing Kremlinology for a half-century, although perhaps not as skillfully as Ploss (who is now a Soviet analyst in the State Department). In any event, the published material leaves many points uncertain, as his text indicates.