Leopold Labedz

  • The State of Soviet Science, Volume 1

    Walter Z. Laqueur and Leopold Labedz

    Since the launching of the first Sputnik, people in the West have been eager for accurate reports on the state of development and rate of growth of the sciences in the Soviet Union. Propaganda belittling or magnifying Russian scientific accomplishments has obscured the truth to the layman, and technical reports are usually unavailable, or if they are, incomprehensible to him.

    In July 1964, Survey, a British journal of Soviet and East European Studies, devoted an entire issues to a report on Soviet science. The State of Soviet Science contains all of the major articles that appeared in that issue, plus three additions.

    In this study are lucid, nontechnical accounts of the major developments in astronomy, biology, cybernetics, chemistry, as well as in mathematics, medicine, psychology, and space research. Each contributor provides a background of the developments; the result is a panoramic view of scientific thinking in Russia from the early days of Lenin to the present time. Most of the articles were written from first-hand observations. Some contributors were visiting scientists; others, exchange students.. All are knowledgeable men in their fields, fully equipped to evaluate, to weigh and discern the major trends in Soviet scientific development and research.

    The State of Soviet Science should interest those in the scientific community, those concerned with international affairs, and those curious about the Soviet Union in general.

    • Hardcover $11.50
  • The State of Soviet Studies

    Walter Z. Laqueur and Leopold Labedz

    Sovietology—the study of all matters that offer an understanding of the meaning of current, politically significant Soviet-communist behavior and aid in forecasting its future course—is fully discussed in this unique collection of articles which originally appeared in the British journal Survey.

    The West possessed little accurate knowledge of Russia and Eastern Europe until the two world wars gave impetus to research and instruction in Slavic affairs. Today, “Russia's business is the world's business,” and the authors discuss the origins, present state, and goals of Soviet studies for the purpose of emphasizing their importance, advocating greater expansion and diversity of knowledge in this field, and encouraging improved research in these areas. They examine the various strengths and weaknesses of Soviet studies in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany; point out the difficulties encountered in pursuing these studies00erstwhile lack of interest, the language barrier, Government suppression of facts, and the wealth of deceptive information readily available.

    The importance of these studies—which include language, literature, past history, current events, political theory, philosophy, sociology, geography—for the Western world cannot be overemphasized; The State of Soviet Studies offers an excellent starting point and guidance.

    • Hardcover $11.50
  • Khrushchev and the Arts

    The Politics of Soviet Culture, 1962–1964

    Priscilla Johnson and Leopold Labedz

    “Gentlemen, we are declaring war on you,” said Khrushchev to Russia's modern painters when he visited the 1962 exhibit of abstract painting in Moscow. This was the opening shot in an organized campaign against the “new wave” of Soviet painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, and writers who in recent years have shown a resurgence of artistic creativity after the dark decades of Stalin.

    The campaign against the intellectuals gathered momentum and then mysteriously reached a stalemate. This book documents the successive stages of the campaign and seeks to explain its inconclusive end. Khrushchev and the Arts portrays a regime that is at first on the warpath against the increasing intellectual ferment and finally, in retreat when confronted by the steadfastness of the writers and artists themselves. It offers a glimpse of the link between cultural policy and other dilemmas facing the Soviet Communist Party.

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