In this lengthy, scholarly work, David J. Dallin concludes that empires of the magnitude of Stalin's Russia are passing phenomena in world history and are bound to fall. But he believes it will depend on the wisdom of Moscow's rulers whether this transition takes place through the kinds of wars historically connected with the decline of an empire or whether the transition will take place in peace. Dallin, a prolific writer on foreign affairs and on the Soviet Union, maintains that the U.S.-backed rehabilitation of Western Europe and the re-emergence as continental powers of France and Germany will lead to a contraction of the old Stalin dominance in Eastern Europe. At the same time disigns integration of the empire in Asia will proceed through the growth of the imperial designs of China, Dallin argues. A book liberally footnoted and fairly heavy going.