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.