Russia and the Western World: The Place of the Soviet Union in the Comity of Nations

Russia and the Western World: The Place of the Soviet Union in the Comity of Nations

Russia and the Western World: The Place of the Soviet Union in the Comity of Nations

Russia and the Western World: The Place of the Soviet Union in the Comity of Nations

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This book has to do with the internal evolution of the Soviet regime. It shows that the regime--constituting the state order of an immense subcontinent forty times as big as France and, with the newly annexed western provinces, numbering over 190,000,000 souls--created by a social revolution in the spirit of which it has educated its entire population, has nevertheless undergone inner changes which were not in the original intention of its builders. These inner changes generally went in the direction of adjustment with the political structure of the Allied Powers of the West.

Never in the political history has there been a social and political upheaval comparable to the Soviet uprising. The consciousness of this fact is a political force of itself. Never was a population indoctrinated to such a high degree by an obligatory state ideology as by that taught in all grades of popular education from the kindergarten to the universities and technical institutes of the U.S.S.R. The indoctrination in the U.S.S.R. has been accompanied by a spread of literacy to all quarters of the country and to all strata of the population. Therefore, it was universal--the rays of Soviet education shone out in every direction. The results, however, do not correspond with the tremendous effort toward a spiritual remaking of the Soviet subcontinent according to patterns arbitrarily prescribed but voluntarily followed.

Using original sources, this book indicates the shifts in various fields of thought and behavior, which have taken a direction quite surprisingly different from that originally intended by the "founding fathers" of the Soviet Union. The shifts may be observed in the fields of law, economics, national history, foreign policy, and attitude toward religion. The . . .

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