Russia in the Modern World: A New Geography / Edition 1

Russia in the Modern World: A New Geography / Edition 1

by Denis J B Shaw
     
 

This book presents an analysis of the changing economic, political and social geography of the new Russia which has emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Although Russia can no longer claim to be a superpower on a scale with the United States, it is still the world's biggest state and continues to play a major influential role in the world. This book provides

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This book presents an analysis of the changing economic, political and social geography of the new Russia which has emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Although Russia can no longer claim to be a superpower on a scale with the United States, it is still the world's biggest state and continues to play a major influential role in the world. This book provides the first comprehensive geographical analysis of the new post-communist Russian state.

The coverage includes: the origins and rise of the Russian state and the heritage of the Soviet period; environmental background and present-day ecological problems; Russia as a federal state and problems of ethnicity and national identity; the changing industrial face of Russia; problems of rural life; the post-Soviet city; Russia and its regions; relations with the "Near Abroad", Russia and the wider world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631181347
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/22/1999
Series:
Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Studies in Geography Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgements
1The Territorial and Imperial Heritage1
Russia: the Territory and Its Acquisition1
The Natural Environment and Resources for Development10
Russian Development: the Long-term Influences18
Economic and Social Development to 191724
2The Soviet Heritage31
Revolution: the Establishment of the Soviet State32
Economic Transformation35
Stalinism and After40
General Reflections on Soviet Communism45
3The Emerging Federation51
'Core and Metropolis': the Russian Federation before 198551
The Resurrection of Russia: the Gorbachev Years (1985-1991)54
The Russian Federation Today: Ethnic and Political Geography58
The Russian Federation and Problems of Federalism62
The Russian Federation and Russian National Identity69
4The Command Economy and the Transition to Capitalism73
The Command Economy in the Post-Stalin Period73
Problems of the Command Economy77
A Geography of Neo-Stalinism81
The Economic Reforms of Gorbachev and Yeltsin (after 1985)83
The Economy in Transition87
5The Changing Space Economy94
Regional Economic Change since 199197
Factors Influencing Regional Economic Change108
Winners and Losers in Regional Economic Change113
Sectoral Developments: Energy, the Defence Sector, Services, Transportation114
6Saving the Environment127
The Geographical Context of Soviet Environmental Disruption127
The Political and Economic Context of Soviet Environmental Disruption131
The Russian Environment in the Early 1990s134
Environmental Management since 1991141
The Russian Environment in the Transition146
The International Dimension150
Conclusion150
7Population: Urban and Rural Life152
Demographic Patterns and Migration152
Urban Life161
Rural Life and Agriculture170
8The Regions of Russia183
Russia's Regions in History183
Moscow and the Central Economic Region188
St. Petersburg and the Northwest Region192
The Northern Economic Region194
The Volga - Vyatka Region197
The Volga Region198
The Central Black Earth Region200
The North Caucasus Economic Region202
The Urals Economic Region204
The West Siberian Economic Region206
The East Siberian Economic Region208
The Far East Economic Region210
9Russia's Autonomous Territories213
Geographical Characteristics and Population of the Autonomous Territories213
History of Settlement of the Autonomous Territories215
Economic Development of the Autonomous Territories217
North European and Middle Volga-Urals Group222
The North Caucasus230
Siberia and the Far East235
Territories of the Far North242
Peoples without Homelands244
Conclusion246
10Russia and the 'Near Abroad'248
Nation Building in the 'Near Abroad'249
The Russian Diaspora255
Territorial and Security Issues262
Economic and Trade Relations265
The Future of the CIS266
11Russia and the Wider World269
The Soviet Heritage270
Post-1991 Influences on Russian Policy274
International Economic and Trade Relations276
Russia, Europe and the West278
Russia and the South282
Russia, the Far East and the Pacific Basin284
Conclusion287
Some Place Name Changes in the Post-Soviet States288
Glossary289
Further Reading291
Bibliography296
Index308

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