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Fragmented Space in the Russian Federation

, 360 pages
January 2002



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Fragmented Space in the Russian Federation

Russia is a country of great complexity—eighty-nine subject regions, ethnic diversity, economic variance across regions, the power struggle of Moscow versus the regions—and multiple realities—urban versus rural, rich versus poor, and cosmopolitan versus provincial, just to name a few. Fragmented Space in the Russian Federation explores Russia's complexity and the meanings of the country's internal borders, the future of its agricultural spaces, the development of its political parties, and the effect of its federal organization.

The contributors examine stratification, citizenship, federalization, democratization, the politics of culture and identity, and globalization. These essays show how political leaders within Russia and scholars and policymakers from outside must accept the country's complexity and view uncertainty as a positive development rather than a liability. The authors explore how Russian experience can enhance theory political science, sociology, geography, and economics.

Contributors: James Alexander • Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer • Michael Bradshaw • Cynthia Buckley • Andrei Degtyarev • Vladimir Gel'man • Grigory Ioffe • Jodi Koehn • Andrei Makarychev • Yuri Medvedkov • Olga Medvedkov • Beth Mitchneck • Tatiana Nefedova • Nicolai Petro • Nancy Popson • Lawrence Robertson • Blair A. Ruble • Regina Smyth • Steven Solnick • Kathryn Stoner-Weiss • and Natalia Vlasova.

Blair A. Ruble is director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Jodi Koehn is editor, and Nancy Popson is deputy director, of the Kennan Institute.

"An important scholarly source for understanding the place of regions in Russia's political, social, and economic development."

"This timely work... offers an excellent introduction to the differences that challenge Russia's spatial integrity."

"A good book with plenty of interesting information and analysis that can be recommended for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses."

"This book represents a major advance in the field of Russian regional studies that specialists will happily welcome upon publication. It presents a large amount of new material as well as interesting new approaches for understanding political, economic, and social development in Russia."

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