THE THIRD WORLD IN SOVIET PERSPECTIVE by Thomas Perry- Ed. Thornton

THE THIRD WORLD IN SOVIET PERSPECTIVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Soviet view of the nonaligned nations has changed as much since World War II as that of the United States has, certainly more abruptly, and even--as this book seems to demonstrate--more drastically. This is a collection of translations of fourteen pre- selections from Russian scholars in the field, with a comprehensive introduction and short prefaces for each piece, describing the authors' qualifications and giving the date and a general notion of purpose. While the book is hardly easy fare for anyone with less than a professional interest in the problems involved, there is much both in and between the lines of political import. The central point appears to be that both Cold War camps have gradually been moving towards a common approach and common understanding in their relations with the rest of the world. This of course is taking the longest view possible, and as matters stand now there are miles between them on the most basic issues. But the implications here, especially the assumption of the editor that ""the views held now will remain the basis of Soviet policy for some years to come,"" are generally heartening. Heartening, that is, for everybody, including the emerging nations of Asia and Africa.

Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press