Contemporary Russia as a feudal society: a new perspective on the post-Soviet era

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 - Business & Economics - 268 pages
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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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The Segmented Approach and Feudal Model
Weakness of the State
Oligarchs and Corrupt Bureaucrats

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Vladimir Shlapentokh is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.