A series of essays by two distinguished Hungarian political philosophers written between 1979 and 1989. The earlier essays are remarkably prescient about the forthcoming dissolution of empire leading to the momentous events of 1989. The authors, especially in their discussion of what they call the "Yalta system" and the 1956 Hungarian revolt, are keen in their analysis and outspoken in their often controversial judgments. Some of the essays were previously published in not easily accessible periodicals; together with those written specifically for this volume they make a well-ordered whole. The authors keep their eyes on the significant issues of Soviet-satellite relations without neglecting the attitudes and policies of the West.