The Great Contest: Russia and the West

The Great Contest: Russia and the West

The Great Contest: Russia and the West

The Great Contest: Russia and the West

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In this short book I present the revised text of a series of lectures which I delivered, at the invitation of the Dafoe Foundation and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg last autumn. I am publishing this book at the request of the sponsors of the lectures, supported by many requests from my audiences, and in the belief that what is said here about the Soviet Union and the state of international affairs may be of interest to wider circles of readers.

This survey begins with a brief summary of recent Soviet domestic developments. I have here tried to bring up-to-date the analysis of social and political trends which I first formulated in 1953, immediately after Stalin's death, when in my book Russia After Stalin I made an emphatic forecast of de-Stalinization. I am including, as a pendant, a lecture on 'The Moral and Intellectual Climate of the Soviet Union', given at the Annual Conference of the Alumni Association of the University of Manitoba. The Conference discussed 'The Place of the University in Modern Society'; and it is with special reference to that topic that I have dealt with Soviet intellectual life.

My review of the domestic scene is, however, given only by way of introduction to my main theme, which is Soviet foreign policy and the state of international affairs. The need for such an introduction is due to the fact that the foreign policy of any government, especially of the Soviet Government, is a prolongation of its domestic policy. This is all too often forgotten in a period of 'summit' meetings, when the public is led to believe that three or four Big Men solve, or fail to solve, the world's predicaments according to whether they have or do not have the wisdom, the good will, or the magic wand needed for their task. I have endeavoured to concentrate attention on the . . .

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