Ideas And Forces In Soviet Legal History: A Reader On The Soviet State And Law
Publish Date: 1992-05-28
Author: Zigurds L. Zile
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Soviet practice has variously questioned, rejected, debased and affirmed law and its institutions. This new anthology of over 400 documents--including legislation, judicial decisions, legal commentary, political statements, and observations on history and social theory--examines and assesses the significance of once-dominant patterns in Soviet thought, guiding students toward an understanding of the present by exploring the past. Recent Soviet views toward nature and the role of law, ways of governance, the intensity of conflict between individual and common interest, and the extent of social disorganization may reflect change, but Zile argues that it is the conditions and experience of the past that are most likely to affect change. Presenting both the voices of the erstwhile victors and the vanquished from within the Soviet experience, this book challenges students and scholars of law and Soviet history to rethink their notions of Soviet legal culture.