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Book Reviews : Henry P. David and Robert J. McIntyre: Reproductive Behavior. Central and Eastern European Experience, Springer Publishing Company, New York 1981, xix + 393 pp

Book Reviews : Henry P. David and Robert J. McIntyre: Reproductive Behavior. Central and Eastern European Experience, Springer Publishing Company, New York 1981, xix + 393 pp

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Book ReviewsHenry P. David and Robert J. McIntyre: Reproductive Behavior. Central and Eastern European Experience, Springer Publishing Company, New York 1981, xix + 393 pp SAGE Publications, Inc.1982DOI: 10.1177/000169938202500418 Seppo Lallukka Institute for Cultural Relations between Finland and the USSR, Helsinki Fertility dilemmas in Eastern Europe ' . The socialist countries in Europe do not constitute a monolithic aggregate; even the internal differences in most of them are substantial. In the demographic realm as well, the common political and economic system does not necessarily exclude traits of diversity. At the same time, however, there are certain factors which bind the socialist countnes demographically together. Among the most significant factors are - in the opinion of the present reviewer - the past 'non-European marriage pattern' and the circumstance that the Soviet Union as the most powerful country in Eastern Europe has considerably influenced the demographic policies pursued in the whole bloc. These and some other factors make it reasonable to examine European socialist countries as a distinct demographic subregion. The book under review is based on a previous monograph by David entitled Family Planning and Abortion in the Socialist Countries of Central and Eastern Europe (1970). In the new
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