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The Soviet Union And The Challenge Of The Future. Vol. I: The Soviet System: Stasis And Change
The Soviet Union And The Challenge Of The Future. Vol. I: The Soviet System: Stasis And Change
Edited by Alexander Shtromas and Morton A. Kaplan
Paragon House, 1988, 555 pp
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Product of a conference of the Professors World Peace Academy, this lengthy volume, to be followed by three more, contains a variety of essays, estimates, propositions, debates and disagreements about Russia's future, with excursions into its past. A leading theme is "the coming crisis in the Soviet Union" (the title of a major paper by R.V. Burks) and what may come after "the end of the Soviet system" (the subject of a long piece by Alexander Shtromas). The book may seem overweighted with personal opinion, speculation and fanciful scenarios, but it has much food for thought. The speculations of such as Michael Voslensky, Richard Lowenthal, Leszek Kolakowski, Peter Wiles and Anatoly Fedoseyev cannot be easily ignored.