Nationalism's Silver Lining

A Soviet Communist Party analyst reflects candidly on his country's problems

What is the future of the Soviet Union? Does it have one? And if so, will the U.S.S.R. be able to preserve its integrity and stability?

At the beginning of the 20th century, when traditional empires began to crumble, it seemed that Russia would follow suit. But then, by iron, blood and ideology, the Russian Revolution welded the state together just when it was on the verge of disintegration. The result was what might be called a revolutionary empire.

Seventy-three years later, the revolutionary legacy is fading. The current transition from totalitarianism to democracy has created a dilemma. On the one...

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