Rural Adaptation in Russia (Library of Peasant Studies) (Hardcover)

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By Stephen K. Wegren (Editor)
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The current dominant approach to Russian peasant behaviour emphasizes rural resistance to reform in broad terms, and to the introduction of market forces in particular. Bringing together some of the finest scholars on rural Russia, this groundbreaking volume examines this perception with an analysis of both historical and contemporary patterns of rural adaptation in Russia.

Four articles included analyze peasant responses in the post-Soviet era, and focus on:

* the relationship between poverty and rural adaptation
* the social origins of private farmers in southern Russia and Ukraine
* response patterns by large farms (formerly collective and state farms)
* household adaptation using a standardized set of criteria.

This fascinating book gives an illuminating picture of the ways in which peasants respond to new environmental conditions and stimuli created by reform. The substantive material included draws on fieldwork and survey data collected from rural Russia, from the Stolypin reforms in the pre-Soviet era, and collectivisation of agriculture during the 1930s in the Soviet era.

This book was previously as a special issue of The Journal of Peasant Studies.

About the Author

Stephen K. Wegren is Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University. He has published widely on the politics and economics of post-communist reform in Russia.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780415701556
ISBN-10: 0415701554
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 7th, 2005
Pages: 244
Language: English
Series: Library of Peasant Studies