The Challenge of Russia

The Challenge of Russia

The Challenge of Russia

The Challenge of Russia

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Russia is the terra incognita of the world today. We make daring and costly efforts in the interests of science to explore the North and South Poles where no man lives, and since Livingstone we have added the Dark Continent to our world of understanding. If we do not know much concerning these areas at least we have no fatal misinformation about them and no attitudes that hinder correct interpretation of any facts we may learn. We have more information about Russia, but we also have more misinformation. It is not too much to say that this one-sixth of our planet is the most misunderstood portion of the globe--and for good reason. The issues concerned in an almost entirely new social order, based upon a new conception of life, affecting the family and the home, morality and religion, liberty and justice, and involving the contrasts of war or peace, love or hate, violence or non-violence, tolerance or persecution, capitalism or communism, all are so vital and bound up with our deepest convictions and our most sacred traditions, that impartial and objective judgment in such cases is difficult or almost impossible.

Yet there is no country that is more important to understand or that is likely more profoundly to affect the rest of the world, whether for good or evil, in the coming years and generations. For Russia has come to stay, at least for a very . . .

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