Crises, Contradictions and East Europe: Soviet Theoretical Debates on Reform on the Eve of Perestroika

  • Jonathan C. Valdez


The beginning of the 1980s witnessed debate in the USSR over two fundamental principles of Marxism-Leninism which were to have important consequences for the tenor of Soviet-East European relations for the rest of the decade. Soviet-East European debates over theoretical questions have been fairly well documented for the 1950s and 1960s, but this is less true for more recent issues. This chapter is devoted to an analysis of one of these theoretical debates, which took place in the Soviet Union in the early to mid-1980s, its influence on the conduct of Soviet policy toward East Europe and on the development of Soviet objectives toward the region.


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