To the Other Shore

To the Other Shore

We are pleased to print below two excerpts from a journal that Daniel Bell wrote after his trip to the Soviet Union last spring. The first excerpt describes a lecture he gave at the Leningrad State University.—Eds.

In the afternoon, we set out for Leningrad State University. I had been scheduled to speak to the faculty and staff of the schools of social sciences, but when some posters had gone up advertising the talk, graduate students and research students had clamored to be invited and the talk had been moved to a larger hall to accommodate the audience. The building itself, as we approached it, displayed a long, imposing façade with hundreds of windows in serried rank on each level. It had been, I was told, the major government ministry building initiated by Peter, and was for many years the largest administrative building in Russia….

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