This is a study of the geographical issues, such as environmental change and economic and ethnic unrest, which have been highlighted in the Soviet Union. It provides a basis for all GCSE examination courses, National Curriculum Key Stage 4, and is linked to a BBC schools television series, and a BBC radio series. The USSR is also a key area of the world highlighted in the Geography National Curriculum.;Whilst it provides back-up text to studying the Soviet Union in conjunction with BBC programmes, it can also be used alone.;There are case studies, facts, and statistics on the USSR and it looks at the people, farms, factories and towns of the USSR now and in the future.;The text focuses on key geographical themes - agriculture, population, industry, settlement, town natural hazards, environmental impact and management, and is designed to provide maximum flexibility in relation to GCSE geography syllabuses.;Photographs, maps, line drawings, cartoons and authentic newspaper sources from the UK and the Soviet Union are used throughout the text.