BOOK REVIEWS/COMPTES RENDUS Robert C. Tucker, The Soviet Political Mind: Stalinism and Post-Stalin Change, 2nd revised edition, New York: W. W. Norton, 1971. xiii, 304 pp. $8.95. Stalin was irreplaceable. At the autocrat's death it was not a question of who would assume his role, but of what kind of political system and national policies would replace the old. Relations among the top Soviet leaders, among the major political institutions in Soviet society, and between the bureaucratic elites and the Soviet people-in each of these spheres important changes were to be expected and did, in fact, take place. Stalin, through extraordinary ambition, ruthlessness, and political and organizational ability, had managed to transform an oligarchical Party dictatorship into a personal dictatorship. But, after the death of the vozhd', Khrushchev and other Party leaders revitalized the CPSU and reasserted its predominant role in Soviet society. A new kind of one-Party system began to emerge, which sought to shape, and was in turn shaped by, the major post-World War II changes in the domestic, international, and technological environments of the USSR. Thus, the goals, values, attitudes, and perceptions of Soviet leaders do evolve significantly, and the relationships between ideology and policy
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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