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The radical changes in the norms of Soviet family law over the past fifty years have reflected the convulsions of Soviet society as well as the revisions of Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism. This paper is a commentary on the writing in this field by Americans in particular, and by other non-Soviets in general. In view of the volume of writing in this field, it has been necessary to limit discussion in the text to a few representative articles illustrating a few of the subject matters treated and various typical approaches employed. The topic is a particularly timely one, for new, comprehensive Principles of Family Law1 went into effect in October 1968, and we therefore have a relatively recent restatement of Soviet thinking in this area. The paper will use the elements of novelty and continuity in the Principles as a focus for a backward look at our scholarship in this area.