TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE U.S.S.R. by Michael T. Florinsky

TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE U.S.S.R.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A revised edition of a book published in 1939, which was then- and is still-too valuable a contribution to what its title suggests to be allowed to be forgotten. The of limitations on space necessitate the omission of a clear background analysis of successive changes of government which introduced the original volume, but in his introductory chapter of this edition he succinctly summarized the vital points. Objectively he handled both achievements and failures, he discussed the outlines of government planning and the attendant bureaucracy, the purges, the horrors, the growth of special privileges, the bent, worst and middle ground evident in the U.S.S.R. today. The revisions are inter-text revisions, by way of additional material bringing factual content up to date, by way of comparative analysis of constitutional changes, amendments, labor legislation, development of basic tenets such as collectivization, the changed attitude towards the intellectuals, the scientists, the church. He sees the goal as the elimination of the capitalistic environment- that is to say, what we know as Western civilization. A useful text for reference and study.

Pub Date: July 31st, 1951
Publisher: Macmillan