Russia and the West: A Comparison and Contrast

  title={Russia and the West: A Comparison and Contrast},
  author={Henry L. Roberts},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={1 - 12}
Comparisons of Russia with the “West” have been a staple of historians and of contemporary observers for a very long time, and no end is in sight. A recent appraisal of Soviet developments in the decade after the death of Stalin was devoted in part to a consideration of the prospects for “a gradual convergence of the social and/or political systems of the West and the Soviet Union.” The variety of the contributors’ responses—“ very likely,” “necessarily uncertain,” “unlikely any meaningful… 
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