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Contemporary Russia as a Feudal Society

A New Perspective on the Post-Soviet Era

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 1-5
  3. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 35-53
  4. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 55-73
  5. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 85-93
  6. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 95-115
  7. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 151-171
  8. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 173-181
  9. Vladimir Shlapentokh
    Pages 183-190
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 191-268

About this book


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.


ideology post-soviet property state Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

About the authors

Vladimir Shlapentokh is Professor of Sociology, and Joshua Woods is a doctoral student in Sociology, bothat Michigan State University.

Bibliographic information


"Recommended." - CHOICE