THE NEW SOVIET EMPIRE by David J. Dallin

THE NEW SOVIET EMPIRE

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

The ninth book (all but one published by Yale) in a survey, immense in scope and frighteningly prophetic in conclusions, which Professor Dallin has written in his effort to inform students and laymen of the facts behind the facade of Soviet Russia. He explores the vast reaches of the new economic empire, the manipulation of currency, of exchanges with satellite and colonial accessions, the extension of the fifth column techniques, the new angles on the cold war. He studies the pattern of the new nationalism, the new concepts of absorption of the nations within the USSR, the Jewish problem (on which information is beginning to seep through). Post war trends show enormous gain in membership, but a -- to us- heartening apathy in acceptance of educational and propaganda efforts. The leadership is competent, efficient, from the machine angle- but intellectually mediocre. He analyzes the Politburo, the inner circle, from which succession will be found. He tells at some length of the methods used to circumvent the imposition from above- especially ""blat""- nickname for the sub-rosa methods of doing business without Stalin. Purges- at all levels- have been necessary to restore the status quo ante-bellum. Our two hopes lies in the restiveness of the second generation, the relative failure of the anti-western propaganda. Essential for a clearer view of Russia today.

Publisher: Yale