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Ahead lies – what?

R.W. Johnson, 12 March 1992

Paradigms Lost: The Post Cold War Era 
edited by Chester Hartman and Pedro Vilanova.
Pluto, 205 pp., £10.95, November 1991, 0 7453 0638 1
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The Crisis of Socialism in Europe 
edited by Christiane Lemke and Gary Marks.
Duke, 253 pp., £37.95, March 1992, 0 8223 1197 6
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... As Peter the Great, Tsar of All the Russias, lay dying in 1725, the future of the Imperial dynasty hung on his choice of successor. Peter, the first to take the title of emperor, had issued a law granting to himself the power to appoint whoever he liked as successor, but had continued to ponder the question, having had his own eldest son condemned and executed for serving as a rallying-point for opposition ...

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