Soviet Russia, the Land and Its People

Soviet Russia, the Land and Its People

Soviet Russia, the Land and Its People

Soviet Russia, the Land and Its People

Excerpt

This is a geography book about the Soviet Union but it is not a textbook. We have selected only the main features and do not claim to be exhaustive. Nor is it a guide to the USSR in the true sense of the word. In the main, we have divided the book into "journeys" because it is the traveler who sees most of the changing face of the country through which he passes. We must make it clear, however, that these "trips" are purely imaginary and have been plotted on the map in a way which introduces the reader to the most important features of our country.

These imaginary journeys are not necessarily trips that it would be easy, convenient or even possible to make with the same facility as we move from point to point on the map. That is why we would term them "Journeys on a Map" and not "Sightseeing Trips in the USSR." The selection of routes was made on purely geographical principles so that we can break off a journey at any point we wish, can turn aside from any main route and take our readers into hidden wildernesses where there is not even a path.

Although the book is not a traveler's guide we venture to hope that it will prove useful to all those who intend to visit the Soviet Union.

We show you the picture of our country today together with the changes that have taken place since the institution of Soviet power. The very landscape has changed and is still changing as a result of the process which turned yesterday's tsarist Russia into today's Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Moscow . . .

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