Walter Z. Laqueur

  • The State of Soviet Science, Volume 1

    Walter Z. Laqueur and Leopold Labedz

    Since the launching of the first Sputnik, people in the West have been eager for accurate reports on the state of development and rate of growth of the sciences in the Soviet Union. Propaganda belittling or magnifying Russian scientific accomplishments has obscured the truth to the layman, and technical reports are usually unavailable, or if they are, incomprehensible to him.

    In July 1964, Survey, a British journal of Soviet and East European Studies, devoted an entire issues to a report on Soviet science. The State of Soviet Science contains all of the major articles that appeared in that issue, plus three additions.

    In this study are lucid, nontechnical accounts of the major developments in astronomy, biology, cybernetics, chemistry, as well as in mathematics, medicine, psychology, and space research. Each contributor provides a background of the developments; the result is a panoramic view of scientific thinking in Russia from the early days of Lenin to the present time. Most of the articles were written from first-hand observations. Some contributors were visiting scientists; others, exchange students.. All are knowledgeable men in their fields, fully equipped to evaluate, to weigh and discern the major trends in Soviet scientific development and research.

    The State of Soviet Science should interest those in the scientific community, those concerned with international affairs, and those curious about the Soviet Union in general.

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  • The State of Soviet Studies

    Walter Z. Laqueur and Leopold Labedz

    Sovietology—the study of all matters that offer an understanding of the meaning of current, politically significant Soviet-communist behavior and aid in forecasting its future course—is fully discussed in this unique collection of articles which originally appeared in the British journal Survey.

    The West possessed little accurate knowledge of Russia and Eastern Europe until the two world wars gave impetus to research and instruction in Slavic affairs. Today, “Russia's business is the world's business,” and the authors discuss the origins, present state, and goals of Soviet studies for the purpose of emphasizing their importance, advocating greater expansion and diversity of knowledge in this field, and encouraging improved research in these areas. They examine the various strengths and weaknesses of Soviet studies in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany; point out the difficulties encountered in pursuing these studies00erstwhile lack of interest, the language barrier, Government suppression of facts, and the wealth of deceptive information readily available.

    The importance of these studies—which include language, literature, past history, current events, political theory, philosophy, sociology, geography—for the Western world cannot be overemphasized; The State of Soviet Studies offers an excellent starting point and guidance.

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