Russians in Focus

Russians in Focus

Russians in Focus

Russians in Focus

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EDWARD Crankshaw, the noted English writer on Soviet affairs, complained a few years ago that Americans have a "total lack of objective curiosity" about the Russians and that the only question they ask him is, "When shall we have to fight them?" If he is right, this book is largely wasted effort. Its purpose is to give honest answers to honest questions about some of the basic facts of Soviet life. It is a product of the author's belief that there are many Americans who have a good deal of "objective curiosity" about the Russians, and that it is the responsibility of scholars in the field of Soviet studies to help them both to satisfy and to develop that curiosity.

There have been some penetrating interpretations of Russian society -- of the more recent, perhaps the . . .

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