The U.S.S.R. thus represents the complete opposite to Tsarist Russia-politically, economically, philosophically, socially, and perhaps most important of all, psychologically. While maintaining the external framework of a traditional empire-state, the internal substance has basically changed in the Soviet Union.
Staar, R. F.
"The U.S.S.R. in Historical Perspective,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 17
, Article 2.
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