Context of Russian Politics

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    The Context of Russian  Politics
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    Geography Largest state in Europe (126 million  Russians in European part); population  of nearly 150 million, but declining Geography a curse A vast exposed plain-->invasions by  Mongols, Swedes, Poles, Lithuanians,  Turks, Germans Vast mineral wealth, but severe climate  limits accessibility
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    Cleavages Wealth:  The “New” Russians vs. the  “old”.  About 10% of population is very  wealthy, other 90% very poor. Generational: Some overlap with  “income” cleavage Ethnicity: not as important as under  USSR, but 21 of 89 Regions are  predominantly non-Russian
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    Cleavages, cont. Center vs. periphery The state vs. the  narod The state is an alien imposition, blocking  the emergence of the true Russian people The Westernizers vs. the Slavophiles Important conflict between those who look  westward towards Europe and those who  look inward, consider Russia unique
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLS 2105 taught by Professor Haleem during the Spring '08 term at Seton Hall.

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