Russia’s Agrarian Question in Historical and Contemporary Context

  • Stephen K. Wegren

Abstract

This book focuses on rural responses to agrarian reform from above, using Russia as a case study. Although the factual material and analysis apply to present-day Russia, the questions this book addresses have a long history in the literature on peasant studies. The “agrarian question” is one of the most enduring issues in peasant studies, although the definition of the agrarian question has been approached differently by various authors, with both the questions and approaches evolving over time.1 Russia’s contemporary “agrarian question” is straightforward: how to achieve agrarian capitalism, which in turn implies that issues such as peasant adaptation, peasant resistance, embedded values, the nature of reform from above, state strength, and rural orientations are of crucial importance. The hope here is that this book contributes to a general understanding of rural actors and their rural economy by shedding new light on rural orientations to marketization and privatization in post-communist societies. In doing so, the larger question of how and why peasant behaviors adapt to their economic environment is addressed.

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Burning Europe Income Stratification Resis 

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