From Submission to Rebellion: The Provinces Versus the Center in Russia

From Submission to Rebellion: The Provinces Versus the Center in Russia

From Submission to Rebellion: The Provinces Versus the Center in Russia

From Submission to Rebellion: The Provinces Versus the Center in Russia

Synopsis

Written in the spirit of comparative and historical analysis, this book addresses the relationship between the center and its provinces- an important issue in any society- using Russia as a case study. The authors investigate the historical stages of Russia's past with a special focus on the postcommunist era, a time when the movement toward regional autonomy (regionalization) is extremely important as a molder of political and economic life. In addition, the book shows how historical traditions, on the one hand, and the new market economy and democratization, on the other, will shape the relationship between the center and provinces in the coming decades. Shlapentokh, Levita, and Loiberg direct their attention not only to factors which shape regionalization, but also to the effects of this process on many different facets of Russian life. They argue that regionalization in Russia, as well as in other countries, is a contradictory process that has both benefits and drawbacks for social and economic progress. The solid research foundation draws from a rich body of sources, including Russian periodicals, statistical yearbooks, work by Russian and Western authors, data gathered in nationwide surveys conducted specifically for this project, and insightful observations made by the authors during their numerous visits to various regions in Russia.
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