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By Vladimir Shlapentokh

Shlapentokh undertakes a dispassionate research of the normal functioning of the Soviet procedure from Stalin's demise during the Soviet cave in and Russia's first post-communist decade. with out overlooking its repressive personality, he treats the USSR as a "normal" process that hired either socialist and nationalist ideologies for the needs of technological and army modernization, protection of empire, and growth of its geopolitical strength. Foregoing the projection of Western norms and assumptions, he seeks to accomplish a clearer knowing of a civilization that has confused its critics and its champions alike.

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