THE closer political collaboration between Great Britain and Soviet Russia which has now materialized is as essential to the establishment of order and freedom in Europe when victory has been won as it is to the victory of the United Nations. That collaboration can scarcely be fully effective unless it is based on a mutual understanding and respect, and there is still room for literature which is designed to remove misunderstandings and give something more than a superficial picture of life and thought in the two different societies. Far too much of the mass of literature on Russia in Great Britain is objective, if not undisguisedly biased in one direction or another or frankly propaganda. Mr. Maurice Dobb's “Soviet Economy and the War” is a modest effort at an objective account of the economic system of Soviet Russia with reference to Russia's part in the War, and he stresses the urgent need for a more just appraisal of Soviet economy to-day if the alliance is to bear fruit in a practical policy and lasting co-operation of the two peoples. Mistakes in our foreign policy towards the U.S.S.R. will assuredly be repeated in the absence of accurate and unprejudiced knowledge of the economic and military potential of our ally.
Soviet Economy and the War
By Maurice Dobb. Pp. v + 88. (London: George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., 1941.) 3s. net.
Letters from Bill Smith to Joseph Stalin. By E. W. and M. M. Robson. Pp. 96. (London: Martin Secker and Warburg, Ltd., 1942.) 2s. 6d. net.