The Evolution in the Soviet World View


Journal Article

Utilizing two editions of a Soviet textbook that was awarded a state prize and termed “the correct orientation” by a Central Committee official, the author analyzes the evolution of the Soviet view of the outside world in the first half of the 1970s. The movement away from ideological rigidity that began in the 1960s continued in the 1970s on a wide range of subjects. In addition, the analysis of the capitalist countries became intertwined with the debate on the future development of Soviet society; a number of features are said to have resulted from the imperatives of industrialization rather than the inner dynamics of capitalism, and hence are in need of adoption by the Soviet Union. The article closes with a brief survey of the issues subsequently raised in the published Soviet debates that continue on either side of the approved, centrist position.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hough, JF

Published Date

  • July 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 509 - 530

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1086-3338

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0043-8871

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/2010055


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