RUSSIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT by S. V. Utechin

RUSSIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled ""A Concise History"", this business like little book is exactly that, nothing more but nothing less, either-- and in 300 pages, certainly that amounts to quite a feat. From ""Political Thought of Christian Kiev (11th and 12th centuries)"" to the anti-Marxian murmurs which followed the Thaw is a long and complicated journey, to say the least; and Mr. Utechin is to be congratulated for even attempting such a tour, let alone for carrying it through so successfully. It is also extremely refreshing to come across an author who does not hesitate to admit that there is ""little that is original"" in his book and that, although he has read ""most of the writings"" dealt with here, he has ""as a rule followed the interpretations of these writings given by the accepted authorities"". Aside from the primary value, which lies in the fact that there is no other comprehensive one-volume text on the subject, the American reader will find it especially worthwhile because of its brief but lucid descriptions of the organized reformist and even revolutionary activities of recent years in Soviet Russia. Such groups as the NTS (Popular Labor Union) which are usually--and inexplicably--ignored by Western observers in favor of an overly monolithic view of Russian politics are analyzed.

Publisher: Praeger