Readings in Russian Foreign Policy

Readings in Russian Foreign Policy

Readings in Russian Foreign Policy

Readings in Russian Foreign Policy

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The purpose of this volume of readings is threefold: to serve the college and university student as primary or supplementary course material, to offer the general reader an opportunity to acquaint himself systematically with the best thought on a wide range of the fundamental problems, and to function as the basic reading material for organized programs of adult education discussion groups.

Several unique features distinguish this book from other books of readings and affect the ways in which it can best be used. Its main characteristic is the plan of selection and editing. The articles are grouped in sections, each about 50 to 75 pages long, intended to be read as a unit. The selections have the continuity of a debate; opposing views are deliberately juxtaposed and the reader must judge the merits of each argument. The articles within each unit will be most instructive, therefore, if they are read in the order in which they appear. The sections are also best taken up in order, for the materials in later sections assume knowledge of the issues discussed in earlier sections.

This book has no index; although it contains a great deal of historical information, it is not a book for "looking up" isolated facts or events. It is a book of political argument. Although the readings present clear and forceful statements of a variety of positions--some quite partisan, others more detached and analytical-- the collection as a whole is not meant to represent or support any particular viewpoint. Readers should not assume that any author in these pages is the spokesman of the editors. Nor is this volume intended to be comprehensive. The aim is rather to provoke thought on a limited number of highly significant problems and to provide a sound basis for further study.

Although final responsibility for selection rests, of course, with us, we are indebted to the following distinguished authorities for . . .

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