Soviet Society: A Book of Readings

Soviet Society: A Book of Readings

Soviet Society: A Book of Readings

Soviet Society: A Book of Readings

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A large part of the most impressive results of scholarship in the field of Soviet studies is scattered in journals not readily accessible except to the student working at a major library. This book makes a substantial selection of such outstanding work easily available. At the same time it seeks to meet another need, that for a single source in which the student or reader can find a thorough and reliable picture of Soviet society as a whole.

In lecturing to various groups in universities and in the community we have repeatedly been asked to suggest a single work in which could be found a comprehensive description of the main institutional features of the Soviet system, a realistic account of the patterns of daily life of the people, and sound interpretations and evaluations of' that information. Perhaps because the field of Soviet studies is so young, most scholars working in it have chosen to give first priority to writing the more specialized and technical monographs necessary to give any branch of learning a firm foundation. We do have some excellent studies of a more general nature, but these are in most cases written from the perspective of a single discipline such as political science, or economics and necessarily leave out of account many important institutions and features of the system. There is, therefore, substantial need for a systematic general survey of Soviet society as a whole, of social organization and patterns of interaction over the entire range of institntions and settings which make up the Soviet system. We have attempted to approximate that. goal in this book of' readings.

The orientation which guided us in making our selection was distinctly socio-

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