Contemporary Russia as a Feudal Society: A New Perspective on the Post-Soviet Era

Voorkant
Springer, 26 nov. 2007 - 269 pagina's
The book offers a theoretical discussion of the feudal model and a preliminary application of the model to post-Soviet Russia. In addition to a review of the feudal model as an ideal type, the author explains the analytical benefits of drawing comparisons between countries and across historical contexts. Specifically, contemporary Russia is compared to Western European countries during the Middle Ages and to the Soviet period in Russian history. The book is devoted to illuminating the most important political, social and economic characteristics of contemporary Russian society.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Introduction
1
1 The Failure of the IntegrativeSystem Approach in PostSoviet Russian Studies
6
2 The Segmented Approach and Feudal Model for the Study of PostSoviet Russia
19
3 Weakness of the State
35
4 Oligarchs and Corrupt Bureaucrats
54
5 The Oligarchic Ideology and Its Opposition to the Liberal and Totalitarian Ideologies
75
6 The Royal Domain
85
7 The Local Barons after the Soviet Collapse
94
9 The Precariousness of Property in Contemporary Russia and the Middle Ages
132
10 Personal Relations as a Core Feature of Feudalism
151
11 Private Security
172
Conclusion
183
Notes
191
Bibliography
237
Name Index
254
Subject Index
263

8 The Local Barons under Putins Moderate Feudalism 20002006
117

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Over de auteur (2007)

Vladimir Shlapentokh is Professor of Sociology, and Joshua Woods is a doctoral student in Sociology, bothat Michigan State University.

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