This is an up-to-the-minute revised edition of a text which, since its publication in 1990, has been extremely influential. The great changes of the past 18 months have entailed a comprehensive updating of the book. This edition takes account of new developments that include the independence of the Baltic states and the treaty which sparked 1991's attempted coup.
From a review of the previous edition - `[Lane's] new book offers an updating of his account of the main features of the social structure provided in the two earlier versions of his well-known and admired student texts…it will occupy the same place as its predecessors as a mainstay of degree courses on Soviet society.' - Soviet Studies