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Numerous attempts were made to understand the nature of Soviet society, some with solid empirical foundations, but most lacking them; some very consistent and carefully thought-out, others illogical and superficial. What they all had in common was not so much their scientific content, which varied strongly among the different contributions, but their common striving to analyse a phenomenon crucial for Marxists in a critical way, using categories borrowed from or - rightly or wrongly - ascribed to Marx. This conclusory chapter first tries to identify the main issues and themes in the historical survey. Afterwards, it discusses in greater detail certain meta-theoretical aspects of the overall course of theoretical development in Western-Marxist thought about the Soviet Union. The interpretation of the Marxist social analysis developed from a restricted schematism, via a rigid unilinearism to an ever-broadening multi-linearism.

Keywords: Marxist social analysis; Soviet society; Western-Marxist thought



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