Continuity and Change in Rural Russia: A Geographical Perspective

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that of the locals, and their labor productivity is much higher. However, it is exactly this set of features that has traditionally alienated the Russian peasant, just as he turned away from the classic diasporas created in Russia by Greeks, Armenians, and Jews. While urban areas of Russia are no longer totally hostile to them, a Russian village is still in the habit of rejecting "aliens" even if they are actually ethnic Russians. It would be regrettable if local authorities fail to tap into the energy of newcomers and not help turn it to the benefit of the Russian countryside.


Notes
1.
Demographic Yearbook of the Russian Federation. Moscow: Goskomstat 1994, p. 407.
2.
Stiepanov V. "Smotritie Kto Priyekhal." Vash Vybor 1993, No 6, p. 14.
3.
The industrial profile of the province includes construction materials, agricultural implements, food and flax processing. After the war some machine-building enterprises were put in operation, and most recently, electronics enterprises have been added. However, even now the structure of the labor force is early-industrial in contrast to most provinces of Central Russia where the structure is hyper- industrial (and, in the province of Moscow, transitional to post-industrial).
4.
Selskoye Khoziaistvo SSSR. Moscow: Goskomstat 1988, p. 136.
5.
Demographic Yearbook, p. 63.
6.
Ibid., p. 406.
7.
Stiepanov V. "Smotritie Kto Priyekhal." Vash Vybor 1993, No. 6, p. 15.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • In Place of an Introduction 1
  • Notes 15
  • 1 - Historical Construction of Russia's Inter-Urban Space 18
  • Notes 34
  • 2 - Russian Agriculture Early in the 20th Century: Social Peculiarities and Spatial Distinctions 37
  • 3 - The Evolution of Russian Agriculture, 1960-1990: Organization and Management Priorities 70
  • 4 - Agricultural Output and Production Factors Prior to the 1990s 87
  • Notes 115
  • 5 - Rural Population Change in 1959-1989 and Rural Infrastructure 117
  • Notes 136
  • 6 - Crisis and Reform in the 1990s: The Economic Aspect 138
  • Notes 174
  • 7 - Crisis and Reform in the 1990s: Social Implications 177
  • Summary 191
  • 8 - The Chernozem Countryside 196
  • Notes 208
  • 9 - The Province of Belgorod 209
  • Notes 221
  • 10 - The Non-Chernozem Zone 222
  • 11 - The Province of Yaroslavl 240
  • Notes 257
  • 12 - Polarization of the Rural Activity Space 258
  • 13 - Urbanites in the Countryside 266
  • Notes 278
  • 14 - Re-Settlers: A New Diaspora? 279
  • Notes 287
  • 15 - Disappearing Crops: A Case Study of Flax in the Province of Kostroma 288
  • Notes 296
  • 16 - Large Mechanized Farms 297
  • Notes 303
  • Conclusion 304
  • Notes 308
  • About the Book and Authors 309
  • Index 311
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