The Development of Capitalism in Russia: The Process of the Formation of a Home Market for Large-Scale Industry

The Development of Capitalism in Russia: The Process of the Formation of a Home Market for Large-Scale Industry

The Development of Capitalism in Russia: The Process of the Formation of a Home Market for Large-Scale Industry

The Development of Capitalism in Russia: The Process of the Formation of a Home Market for Large-Scale Industry

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In the work here presented, the author has set himself the aim of examining the question of how a home market is being formed for Russian capitalism. As we know, this question was raised long ago by the principal exponents of the views of the Narodniks (chief among them being Messrs. V. V. and N.--on ), and it will be our task to criticize these views. We have not considered it possible to limit ourselves in this criticism to examining the mistakes and misconceptions in our opponents' views; it seemed to us that it was not enough in answering the question raised to adduce facts showing the formation and growth of a home market, for it might be objected that such facts had been selected arbitrarily, and that facts showing the contrary had been omitted. It seemed to us that it was necessary to examine and to endeavour to depict the whole process of the development of capitalism in Russia in its entirety. It goes without saying that such an extensive task would be beyond the powers of a single person were a number of limitations not introduced. Firstly, as the title itself shows, we treat the problem of the development of capitalism in Russia exclusively from the standpoint of the home market, leaving aside the problem of the foreign market and data on foreign trade. Secondly, we limit ourselves to the post- Reform period. Thirdly, we deal mainly and almost exclusively with data concerning the interior, purely Russian, gubernias. Fourthly, we limit ourselves exclusively to the . . .

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