A Soviet Postmortem: Philosophical Roots of the "Grand Failure"

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1994 - History - 166 pages
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In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, it has become apparent that Sovietology failed, with a few praiseworthy exceptions, to understand the nature and fragility of the Soviet system. A Soviet Postmortem sets the Soviet experiment in a more realistic perspective. Krancberg emphasizes the importance of Marxist-Leninist ideology in formulating sociopolitical norms imposed on society by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Analyzing the realities of the Soviet regime, the author reveals the extent to which Soviet political culture was an artificial imposition with only slender roots in the life of Soviet society.

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With regret I read the book of Sigmund Krancberg "A Soviet POstmortem." Nothing can worse explain the Soviet reality than an ill-designed theory. It is obvious from the reading that the author has a biased theoretical knowledge about the reality of the Soviet life, values, and moral imperatives that guided soviet citizens. His writings will not enlighten the truth seeker, but will obscure his or her understanding of the Soviet reality. 

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Western Sovietology in Crisis
A Reappraisal of the Totalitarian Model The Horizontal Concepts
The Unity of Theory and Practice in Historical Perspective
The Corruption of Democratic Principles
Controlling Individual Development and Behavior
Soviet Philosophy
The Profile of an Empire The World Socialist System
Conclusion The Disintegration of the Soviet Union and the Journey into the Unknown
Early February 1994
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Sigmund Krancberg is a fellow at Rutgers University.

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