On the Road to Communism: Essays on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Politics

On the Road to Communism: Essays on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Politics

On the Road to Communism: Essays on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Politics

On the Road to Communism: Essays on Soviet Domestic and Foreign Politics

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Since the successful seizure of power by the Bolsheviks in 1917, the leadership of the Communist party of the Soviet Union has been faced with the problem of creating the foundations for Communist society. According to the 1961 Party Program, the USSR has already completed the tasks of creating a socialist society and is now in the process of completing the construction of the basis for the full development of this Communist society. The articles that compose this volume deal with a number of the problems that have been handled by the Soviet leadership during the past five and a half decades, both in the area of domestic politics and in foreign policy. All but the articles by Kanet and Lee were originally delivered as papers at the Sixth Annual Bi-State Slavic Conference (Kansas-Missouri), held at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, November 17-18, 1967, and have since been revised.

The editors wish to express their appreciation to those who have made the publication of this volume possible. The authors to the articles complied promptly and willingly with the requirements of updating and necessary editorial changes. The University of Kansas provided the financial support for the original conference, for typing, and for editorial assistance. Thanks are also due to Dr. John Alexander and Mr. Karl Kappelman of the University of Kansas for their assistance in organizing the conference at which most of the papers were first delivered. In addition, the editors wish to express their appreciation to the University Press of Kansas for encouragement and assistance.

Finally, the editors wish to acknowledge their indebtedness to two stimulating scholars, Dr. Samuel L. Sharp and Dr. Harold H. Sprout, under whose tutelage they were introduced to the complexities of the political process and to whom this volume is gratefully dedicated.

Roger E. Kanet Ivan Volgyes . . .

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