BOOK REVIEWS/COMPTES RENDUS Lenard J. Cohen and Jane P. Shapiro, editors, Communist Systems in Comparative Perspective, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1974. $4.95 (paper). In this volume Lenard Cohen and Jane Shapiro offer a selection of readings designed to stimulate student interest in the comparative study of communist domestic politics. Specifically, the readings offer comparisons between the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and the Eastern European states in such broad topical areas as political socialization, political participation, and the role of the state bureaucracy. Zbigniew Brzezinski, in his preface to the work, states that a principal theme is to "focus the student's attention on the question of change within Communist systems." This theme causes the material selected to stress innovative or disruptive elements in modern communism rather than the factors which maintain the stability of communist regimes. The twenty-four readings presented are excerpts from books and reprints from scholarly journals published from 1965 to 1971. The editors have created an admirable collection of stimulating articles that are consistently readable and free of jargon. There are wide variations, however, in the level of expertise assumed of the readers by the authors. For example, Dietrich Geyer's "The Bolshevik Insurrection
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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