Lecture 10

Lecture 10 - Lecture 10 Russia and the Authoritarian...

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Lecture 10 Russia and the Authoritarian Experience Russia: the largest state in the World A. Russia: People and Economy Territory 6.6 million square miles—almost twice the US 12 time zones, more borders than any other country Concentration of population in south and west Population 142 million (less than half of the US) Most rapid decline of any state (death rate = 2 * birth rate) Multinational. Though less so than the USSR (Russians 80%+) Religion Orthodox 72% Muslim 14-15% Catholic 2% Protestant 1% Buddhist 0.6% Jewish 0.3% Legacy of an atheist state Economy Current GNP per capita: $4000 Declining 1991-98, increasing 1998-present Labour force: 14% Agriculture (higher than many countries), 23% service B. Russian History An imperial and dynastic state Part of three continents (but first and foremost, Russia is an European state) Continuous landward expansion; world’s largest state since late 1600s
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