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Book Reviews 97 BOOK REVIEWS Law after Revolution. Edited by William E. Butler, Peter B. Maggs and John B. Quigley, Jr. New York/ London/ Rome: Oceana Publi- cations, Inc., 1988. xiii, 247pp. $40.00. ISBN 0-379-20958-6. When nine noted specialists reflect on the seventy years of Soviet legal history, it is a matter of moment. The occasion was the seventieth birth- day of Harold J. Berman, long a major contributor to knowledge of the Soviet legal system. The editors are his former students who collected the papers presented at the birthday party. In the first essay Z.L. Zile sets the theme: can the facts in Soviet legal history be discerned from the confused record distorted by historians to conform to one or another line of their political bosses? Zile treats the earliest period, that called "War Communism", and shows how Soviet historians manipulated their facts over the years to support the Com- munist Party's line of the time. He shows how goals were altered to fit needs, and "socialism" was redefined so as to make unnecessary any early attempt to adhere to Marx's concept of an early withering away of state and law. In Zile's words "adherents to the view of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Socialist Law (in 1992 continued as Review of Central and East European Law) Brill

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Martinus Nijhoff
Copyright
© 1990 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0165-0300
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1875-2985
D.O.I.
10.1163/187529890X00065
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97 BOOK REVIEWS Law after Revolution. Edited by William E. Butler, Peter B. Maggs and John B. Quigley, Jr. New York/ London/ Rome: Oceana Publi- cations, Inc., 1988. xiii, 247pp. $40.00. ISBN 0-379-20958-6. When nine noted specialists reflect on the seventy years of Soviet legal history, it is a matter of moment. The occasion was the seventieth birth- day of Harold J. Berman, long a major contributor to knowledge of the Soviet legal system. The editors are his former students who collected the papers presented at the birthday party. In the first essay Z.L. Zile sets the theme: can the facts in Soviet legal history be discerned from the confused record distorted by historians to conform to one or another line of their political bosses? Zile treats the earliest period, that called "War Communism", and shows how Soviet historians manipulated their facts over the years to support the Com- munist Party's line of the time. He shows how goals were altered to fit needs, and "socialism" was redefined so as to make unnecessary any early attempt to adhere to Marx's concept of an early withering away of state and law. In Zile's words "adherents to the view of

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Review of Socialist Law (in 1992 continued as Review of Central and East European Law)Brill

Published: Jan 1, 1990

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