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Soviet Union & Challenge of the Future, VOL. 3

Soviet Union & Challenge of the Future, VOL. 3
ISBN
0943852358
Weight
2.00 lbs
Cover
Paper

Pages
736

Size
6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30


Edited book , Index , Notes
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From the Soviet Union & the Challenge of the Future Series

This landmark four-volume series is the result of the second international conference of the Professors World Peace Academy in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants at the conference examined practically every aspect of Soviet reality, including politics, society, economy, ideology, culture, nationalities, dependencies, and international relations. Presenting the views of over eighty distinguished scholars in the field, these books make important, innovative contributions to our knowledge and understanding of the Soviet Union’s past, present and future.

Vol. 3: Ideology, Culture, & Nationality

The ideological and cultural crisis in the Soviet regime–the subject of this volume–is perhaps the most fundamental and fateful crisis in the Soviet Union. It may undermine the legitimacy of communist rule and call into question the political system that assures the Communist party absolute power over the state and society. In Part I of this book noted scholars attempt to disentangle the Russian and Soviet identities of the ethnic Russians, and to discover underneath the Soviet facade the true orientation and authentic values of the Russian people. They also evaluate the significance of Russian nationalism as a factor in the stability of the Soviet system. Part II examines the ideological, cultural, and political attitudes of the non-Russian nations of the U.S.S.R. and the Soviet bloc, and evaluates the potential impact that political destabilization on the outskirts of the Soviet empire could have on the empire itself. Unique insights emerge not only about the situation of the Jews but also about that of the Finno-Ugrian peoples of the U.S.S.R.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION
PART I: Ideology and Culture: The Relationship between Russian and Soviet Identities
1. The Intellectual Tradition of Pre-Revolutionary Russia: A Re-examination
ANDRZEJ WALICKI
2. The Other Russia–Past and Future
PETER KELLY
3. Marxism-Leninism in Contemporary USSR
ALEXANDER SHTROMAS
4. Glasnost’ and Russia’s History
W. BRUCE LINCOLN
5. The Spiritual Roots of Political Confrontation Between Totalitarianism and Democracy
MIHAJLO MIHAJLOV
6. Would the Victory of the “Russian Party” Preserve Political and Ideological Monism?
NIKOLAI P. POLTORATZKY
7. Soviet Communism and Russian Nationalism: Amalgamation or Conflict?
MIKHAIL AGURSKY
8. The Challenge of Russophile Ideology
DARRELL P. HAMMER
9. Religion and the Soviet Future
WILLIAM C. FLETCHER
10. Religious Values in Contemporary Soviet Fiction and the Level of Official Tolerance
MICHAEL B. KREPS
11. Authentic Russian Values and Aspirations: The Literary Evidence
MAURICE FRIEDBERG
12. A Crisis of Belief: Reflections on Soviet Youth Culture
NICHOLAS P. HAYES
13. The Alternative Messages in Recent Soviet Art and Literature
ALEXANDER GERSHKOVICH
14. Liberating the Tone of Russian Speech: Reflections on Soviet Magnitizdat
VLADIMIR FRUMKIN
15. Humor for the Future and a Future for Humor
CHRISTIE DAVIES
PART II: The Issues of Multinationalism and the Fate of the Soviet Empire
A. THE USSR
1. Prospects for the Development of the USSR’s Nationalities
SERGEI MAKSUDOV
2. Multinationalism and the Soviet Future
ALEXANDER SHTROMAS
3. Prospects for Soviet Slavs in Conditions Favorable to the Establishment of National Freedom
VICTOR SWOBODA
4. The Baltic States in the Soviet Union: Their Present State and Prospects for the Future
V. STANLEY VARDYS
5. What Would Self-Determination Mean for the Moldavians?
DENNIS DELETANT
6. Transcaucasia and the Nationality Question
ROBERT L. NICHOLS
7. Soviet Muslims and Self-Determination: Trends and Prospects
ALEXANDER BENNIGSEN
8. The Finno-Ugrians in the Soviet Union: Their Situation and Perspectives for the Future
VALEV UIBOPUU
9. Russia and the Jews
MIKHAIL AGURSKY
B: THE SOVIET BLOC
10. A Possible Impact of a Change in the USSR upon East European Systems
RADOSLAV SELUCKY
11. How Developments in Eastern Europe Affect the Stability of the Soviet Regime
AUREL BRAUN
12. Eastern Europe: An Examination of Political and Socioeconomic Alternatives
ZDISLAW M. RURARZ
13. The Potential of East European Political Institutions in Exile to Assure Eastern Europe’s Smooth Transition from Dependency to Sovereignty-A Commentary on Chapter 12
TADEUSZ A. MUSIOL
14. Problems of Legitimacy in Poland: Party-State, Civil Society and Church, and the Lessons of Solidarity
CHRISTOPHER G. A. BRYANT
15. The Prospects for Poland in the Event of a Cessation of Soviet Control
STANISLAV ANDRESKI
16. The Situation in Afghanistan: How Much of a Threat to the Soviet State?
ANTHONY ARNOLD
Notes on Contributors
Index

ALEXANDER SHTROMAS was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan at Hillsdale.

MORTON A. KAPLAN is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

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