The Soviet Union And National Liberation Movements In The Third World

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The Soviet Union And National Liberation Movements In The Third World

By Galia Golan
Unwin Hyman, 1988
374 pp. $49.95
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Comparing and citing hundreds of official statements and articles by party and academic experts, Galia Golan seeks out the bases on which the Soviets have judged the numerous liberation movements, the factors which have determined Soviet policies toward them, and the connections between the two. She is able to trace not only a long record of inconsistent interpretations and internal debates, with dogmatists arrayed against realists or pragmatists, but also a general trend, beginning in the late Brezhnev years, in favor of the latter. The across-the-board approach, however, with its often pettifogging attention to elaborate theories of national democracy, "socialist orientation," "the world revolutionary process" and the like, makes one wonder about its practical relevance. Fortunately the last part of the book, on patterns of Soviet behavior, takes up specific policies toward specific situations where theory runs up against reality.

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