November 13 - Russian Industrialization

November 13 - Russian Industrialization - State and Society...

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State and Society in Imperial Russia November 13, 2007 Russian Industrialization 1890s explosive growth 8% o Railroads +40%: 1881-1894 +90%: 1895-1905 Massive foreign investment o Mostly Belgian and French Heacy industry Exports up, imports down Indirect taxation Specifics of Russian Industrialization o State driven o Late and rapid o Wholesale importing of Western technology o Tensions “Combined development” Modern industry with archaic means of production o Investment into huge plants Worker radicalism Industrial spurt ends by 1900 Dilemmas o International: Russia keeps falling further behind other industrialized powers o Foreign dependence o Domestic unrest o Imperialism and mass politics Political and social rights o Russian population growth Sergei Witte o Fact-sheet Minister of Finance (1892-1903) Alcohol monopoly (1895) Gold ruble as a means of attracting foreign capital (1897) Trans-Siberian railroad
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course HISTORY 373 taught by Professor Hellbeck during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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