Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia

Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia

by David J. O'Brien
     
 

Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia reviews change in agricultural and rural life since 1990 through historical, political, sociological, and anthropological investigation. The contributors' interest is not so much in agriculture itself but in agrarian issues such as the relationship between rural interests and changing Russian institutions, the economic and

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Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia reviews change in agricultural and rural life since 1990 through historical, political, sociological, and anthropological investigation. The contributors' interest is not so much in agriculture itself but in agrarian issues such as the relationship between rural interests and changing Russian institutions, the economic and social organization of rural households, and the quality of life in rural families and villages.

Editorial Reviews

Agricultural History Review
An important collection on the rural economy and society in the Russian transition with contributions by leading scholars.

— Carol Scott Leonard

Slavic Review
This valuable book provides a penetrating analysis of the problems encountered in attempting to change age-old habits.

— Martin McCauley

Agricultural History Review - Carol Scott Leonard
An important collection on the rural economy and society in the Russian transition with contributions by leading scholars.

Slavic Review - Martin McCauley
This valuable book provides a penetrating analysis of the problems encountered in attempting to change age-old habits.

Booknews
The collapse of the Soviet Union has led to the end of the collective farm, once the defining characteristic of Russian agrarian life. O'Brien (rural sociology, U. of Missouri-Columbia) and Wegren (political science, Southern Methodist U.) present 16 chapters that explore this massive change from political, sociological, historical, and anthropological perspectives. The major themes of the articles are the relative ability of agriculture to adapt to a market economy, the major obstacles blocking the transformation of Russian agriculture, the nature of the adaptations of households and villages to the post-Soviet realities, and the impact of those adaptations on prospects for further reforms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801869600
Publisher:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David J. O'Brien is a professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Stephen K. Wegren is an associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

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