Soviet Youth, Some Achievements and Problems: Excerpts from the Soviet Press

Soviet Youth, Some Achievements and Problems: Excerpts from the Soviet Press

Soviet Youth, Some Achievements and Problems: Excerpts from the Soviet Press

Soviet Youth, Some Achievements and Problems: Excerpts from the Soviet Press

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A WHOLE library of books has been written on the USSR by outside observers, and the reader has a bewildering number of works to choose from. Most of the Soviet materials on the USSR, on the other hand, are published in Russian and therefore only accessible to the specialist student. For this reason I have tried to compile a volume which, as far as possible, allows the country to speak for itself, all the materials included coming from the Soviet press.

There are many different kinds of material on the USSR available to us: popular articles and letters to the editor in Soviet newspapers and magazines, more serious contributions in learned journals, speeches made by leading statesmen and others at congresses and conferences, laws and decrees, Soviet literature of every kind, and descriptions and accounts by foreign visitors and observers. It is only on considering all these materials that we can form a general impression about the country as a whole, or about a special field such its Soviet youth.

The method adopted by me in this volume has been to present the reader with some of these materials, which, with one exception, have hitherto been unpublished in English. They consist mainly of popular contributions to the press over the last ten years. These have been selected to illustrate the most salient features in the overall picture of Soviet youth obtained from readings in the various Soviet materials mentioned above, and supplemented by introductions in order to provide the necessary perspective. I am well aware that this approach is by no means perfect and that it is no guarantee of objectivity. It has the advantage of presenting the material in a lively form. But it must be borne in mind that the translations by themselves only tell part of the story. For one thing, in so far as they purport to reflect public opinion, the reflections are not necessarily strictly accurate.

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