Geography of the Soviet Union

Geography of the Soviet Union

Geography of the Soviet Union

Geography of the Soviet Union

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By far the most useful single source of geographical material on the USSR in English since the later 1950s has been Soviet Geography Review and Translation, published by the American Geographical Society ten times a year. This invaluable publication has been quoted and referred to throughout the present book and the job done by the chief editor Theodore Shabad over many years deserves enormous credit. Little help has been forthcoming from the various Soviet geographers whom the author has met during the last 25 years. They seem buried in a world of their own, unable or unwilling to communicate freely with colleagues outside the Soviet bloc of 'socialist' countries.

I would like to mention the great debt I owe to Jan Kowalewski, from whom I not only inherited very valuable material on the USSR but also obtained many ideas on the subject. Jan Kowalewski anticipated in the 1950s with remarkable foresight Soviet activities in Central America, West Africa and 'limpet' states such as Afghanistan. He was born in Lodz in 1892 and died in London in 1965.

JPC

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