The Soviet bloc is an international subsystem which has undergone substantial change since its inception, partly as a result of factors external to it and partly because of internal change. The actors in the subsystem are the Communist parties, which are the effective powerholders in the bloc countries. The party-regimes together constitute the subsystem. Within the subsystem there is one Great Power, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which desires 'that other members recognize Soviet ideological and political primacy and emulate Soviet policies. Until Stalin's death this objective was mainly realized, thereafter there was increasing disharmony within the subsystem.
Based on papers presented at the McMaster Conference on Slavic Nationalism, held at the McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Oct. 17-18, 1986. Retrospective of modern nationalism, with the focus on the 20th century; 8 articles. Contents are grouped under the headings: Language and literature; Politics, economics, and ethnic problems.