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Calcutta Diary

December 18, 1982 Calcutta Diary A M WE are an inward-looking nation. In any event, the Asiad has been claiming more than fifty per cent of the space allotted for news by the daily papers. Thus it was only natural that when Edward Hallett Carr passed away in Cambridge last month, the month of the Revolution, sixty-five years after the event, there were only a tew mentions here. Some newspapers carried a short, perfunctory obituary note; the large majority did not. In the notices that got published, naturally his magnum opus in eight volumes, ''A History of Soviet Russia", received the most prominence. This was as it should be. "A History'' exemplifies, the quintessence of meticulous, dispassionate scholarship. It does not deviate from observing the conventional rituals of Anglo -Saxen historiography, Its author however belonged to that rare species to whom grammar as a discipline is worth cultivating only as long as it does not, put into shackles the global view; "A History of Soviet Russia'' therefore transcends the historiography. It remains a critique and an interpretation; it is an invaluable source of reference; but it has an idealistic structure of its own, and even Marxists of the classical genre, while retaining the freedom to dispute this or that particular analysis of events

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