Soviet Power and Policy

Soviet Power and Policy

Soviet Power and Policy

Soviet Power and Policy

Excerpt

Although many books on the Soviet Union have been published in recent years, almost all are limited to the consideration of one or two aspects of the U.S.S.R. There is virtually no single volume that covers all major component factors of the power of the U.S.S.R. and its aggrandizement in adjacent regions. The present volume attempts to meet this need by bringing together material which hitherto had to be sought in scattered books and articles. This book provides, first, all needed basic data on Soviet Russia's geography, population, industry, agriculture, economic planning, transportation, political and administrative structure, ideology, education, police apparatus, armed forces, trade, and foreign policy. Then it gives information regarding Soviet expansion in Eurasia, both the aims and the methods of operation in western and eastern Europe, the Near and Middle East, southeast Asia, and northeast Asia.

Since no one person can discuss with authority the several phases of Soviet power and the Kremlin's policy of expansion, this volume is a cooperative venture in which each aspect of Soviet power and expansion is discussed by a specialist. This multiple authorship not only enables each specialist to devote his complete attention to his particular field, but also, by bringing together various viewpoints, makes possible a balanced treatment of controversial issues.

Events in Soviet Russia and in the regions around its perimeter are moving rapidly, and the immediate future may bring changes in specific policies and institutional details within the U.S.S.R. and in Soviet methods of domination abroad. Nevertheless, certain basic facts regarding the U.S.S.R. and these regions will remain true for some time to come. Moreover, despite surface changes there has been a remarkable constancy in the basic policies and institutions within Soviet Russia and in the . . .

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