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Unilinear Evolution or Multisectoral Co-existence

Unilinear Evolution or Multisectoral Co-existence? A K Bagchi THIS book has been written by a group of Soviet social scientists working under the auspices of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. They are A L Levkovsky, V G Rastyannikov, T 1 Kukhtina, N G Lozovaya, V I Iskoldsky, N A Arsharuni, G A Kotchukova, L K Orleanskaya, S M Badi, A B Volkov, S A Bessonov, and N A Simonia. Levkovsky has acted as the co-ordina- tor of the group. The book would be primarily of interest to Sovietologists only, if it just embodied the latest official academic opinion stemming from the Soviet Union. But there are two features of the book which would seem to merit the attention of a wider class of social scientists. The first is a statement on p 3 of the book that the authors hold different views on some crucial issues (e g, the multisectoral pattern of society, the peculiarities of social and class structures, outlooks for developing revolutionary democracy), and that the editors did not try to 'level'' these differences. The second is that most of the authors of the book embrace the idea that the "oriental countries" (which in Soviet terminology

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