Although current events have greatly changed many of the issues discussed in this book, which first appeared in France in 1985, this study continues to be of interest as a leading scholar's effort to clarify the problems of the interplay of socialist economies with those of the West and the developing world. It may also help, as she hopes, in dealing with the transition of socialist countries since "for quite a long time the past will cling to the international behavior of these countries. . . no matter how violently it is rejected."