The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 1

The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 1

The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 1

The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 1

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The Soviet System: Stasis and Change is volume 1 of The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future. Volumes 2, Economy and Society, 3, Ideology, Culture, and Nationality, and 4, Russia and the World, will soon follow. These books are the product of the second international conference of the Professors World Peace Academy in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite the claim of one picketing group that the conference was part of a Soviet-KGB plot and the claim of a Geneva newspaper that the conference was dominated by a reactionary anti-Soviet Jewish conspiracy, the editors, who take full responsibility for the intellectual structure of the conference and of the invitation list, are confident that it was the largest and intellectually most systematic conference ever held on the Soviet Union. The conference examined practically all aspects of Soviet reality -- politics, economics, and various aspects of the social system, Soviet science, art, humanities, and ideas -- and it did so within a time continuum that included the U.S.S.R.'s past, present and projected future. As with all symposia, contributions to these books are not of uniform quality. But the editors believe that they are presenting here as comprehensive and as scholarly distinguished a symposium on the subject as has ever been held, that the books make an important and innovative contribution to the knowledge about and understanding of the U.S.S.R. and also that these volumes contain exciting teaching miaterials.

Although the task of organizing the conference -- Shtromas as organizing chairman and Kaplan as president of the organization -- and of editing the . . .

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