This goes back of Soviet Russia and the Far East to trace Russia's far eastern policy from its first definitive beginnings in the mid 19th century to 1931, where his 1948 volume picks up. If your customers have not read the other book, suggest the two as a unit, though alone this volume is a factual book for the student more than the layman, for speakers and specialists on Russian affairs. Dallin has been proved so often right in the unpalatable forebodings of his earlier books, that he speaks authoritatively today. He takes the reader back to the days before Revolution. We see that...""these chapters of history teach us...the basic element of all Russian policies once they become 'dynamic', expansionist: opposition to the greatest naval world power, first Britain and then the United States"". He traces the development of the political vacuum on Russia's eastern borders, the peculiar configuration of Russia proper, the basic divergence in the recent evolution of China and Japan. An unemotional, historical opus, laying bare the outlines of a gigantic plan for world domination by the U.S.S.R.