Beyond Glasnost: The Post-Totalitarian Mind

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Beyond Glasnost: The Post-Totalitarian Mind

By Jeffrey C. Goldfarb
University of Chicago Press, 1989
248 pp. $24.95

Professor Goldfarb offers a clinical study of the nature of totalitarianism, which took classic form in the Stalinist state and has now evolved into the "neototalitarian" system prevailing in the U.S.S.R. and some states of Eastern Europe. Nothing very novel here, but it is logically and completely done. The real contribution of the book lies in its description of the "post-totalitarian" phenomena that have sprung up in the autonomous culture and political thought and action outside the system. The prime examples are taken from, but not limited to, Poland. They illuminate the contemporary scene and offer hope for the future.

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