Soviet Political Culture through Soviet Eyes

  • Archie Brown
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


My main, though not sole, purpose in this chapter is to show how the concept of political culture has been embraced in writing on Soviet politics within the USSR itself and to discuss briefly the content of that body of work. Though some Soviet writers more than others emphasise the importance of the Soviet Union’s historical inheritance from Tsarist Russia, the main stress in their publications is on the newness of Soviet political culture and on the creation of Socialist Man.


Political Culture Political Knowledge Legal Knowledge Soviet Society Soviet Citizen 
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Notes and References

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© Archie Brown, Mary McAuley, John Miller, David W. Paul, H. Gordon Skilling, Stephen White 1984

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