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Internationalism and the Ideology of Soviet Influence in Eastern Europe : Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies - Jonathan C. Valdez

Internationalism and the Ideology of Soviet Influence in Eastern Europe

Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

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Published: 25th June 1993
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In this timely book, Jonathan Valdez explores the role of ideology in the maintenance and subsequent collapse of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe. He looks at how Marxism-Leninism was used to legitimize Soviet influence in Eastern Europe, to rationalize policy decisions, to communicate Soviet intent and policy desires to East European elites, and to explain change in socialist systems. The author argues that the use of the fundamental principles of Marxism-Leninism to perform various functions ultimately brought about a change in the basic assumptions of the theory itself. This resulted in the abandonment of the previous insistence on a universal model of socialism and of the idea that the international interests of the socialist bloc must take precedence over individual national interest. Soviet influence in Eastern Europe rested on little else than these ideological principles and as Valdez shows consequently stood little chance of surviving their re-interpretation.

Introduction: the problem of ideology
Ideology and the ideologists
The ideological basis
Contradictions and internationalism in the 1970s: the Eurocommunist challenge
Socialist internationalism, 1980-1989: decline of a concept
Socialism redefined
Ideological debates and Eastern Europe
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ISBN: 9780521414388
ISBN-10: 0521414385
Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 25th June 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51