Understanding Soviet Politics: The Perspective of Russian History

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Understanding Soviet Politics: The Perspective of Russian History

By Cyril E. Black
Westview Press, 1987
308 pp. $38.50
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Professor Black has devoted a lifetime to the study of Russian history and the process of modernization in both Western and non-Western societies. Essays and articles written at various times over the past 30 years are skillfully sewn together with connective threads to show the continuities and discontinuities, the forces of tradition and the forces of change, that mark the course of Russian/Soviet political life and the country's international behavior. Black furnishes no magic key to the understanding of Soviet politics, but many useful lines of thought. All the essays are worth reading, some of them worth re-reading.

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