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Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984 (Harper Colophon Books)

Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984 (Harper Colophon Books) - Andrei Amalrik Interesting and sometimes witty short essay written by a lately Russian political ex-pat while he was still stuck in the USSR.

With this book Amalrik at the end of the 1960s was foretelling the fall of Soviet Union around the orwellian year of 1984. It's true how everything has its end, but for those who were living in the USSR I guess how the same idea of "the end of the Russian Soviet" was probably hard to wonder and even conceive for a long time.

Yet Amalrik understood how USSR was not neverending and paid for his immagination spending some time in a Siberian gulag. He actually looked forward a bit too much considering the possibility of a conflict with uprising China as the main cause of the Soviet collapse.

We all knew how it went and the very little part China played in perestrojka and glasnost and so on. But still Amalrik was creating a strategic scenario that was potentially true and his speculations about that "Russian-Chinese War" were often brilliant.
Not to mention how China really broke up its isolation in the last years, aiming to become the new world superpower thanks to the dominance given by its population.