State and Evolution
Russia's Search for a Free Market
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Washington Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Preface to the English-Language Edition
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The book here presented to the English-speaking reader was written in the fall of 1994—that is, before Boris Yeltsin’s reelection to a second term, before the 1997 attempts to accelerate reforms, before the 1998 financial crisis, before the grand rise and fall of the Russian...
1. Two Civilizations
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The sound and fury of 1987–91 has subsided, and we now realize that reducing the historic collision of forces in Russia to “a basic confrontation between capitalism and socialism” is hardly an adequate description of what took place during those years. At the time, the main...
2. A Catch-up Civilization
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“Catch-up” is a word that may be applicable to Russian civilization, but not to Russian culture. European culture, especially since the late nineteenth century, has been tremendously and fruitfully influenced by Russia’s great literature, theater...
3. The Three Sources and Three Components of Bolshevism
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Bolshevism became a serious historical phenomenon on 28 June 1914, when in the city of Sarajevo a man named Gavrilo Princip (who was no Bolshevik at all, who in fact belonged to nationalist group called Mlada Bosna) assassinated the Archduke Ferdinand...
4. Property, the Nomenklatura, and Nomenklatura Property
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A complete history of the relationship between the soviet nomenklatura and the Soviet nomenklatura state, the history of their torturous conflicts and the eventual alienation of the former from the latter has yet to be written. But for the moment we can posit at least...
5. Primitive Capital Accumulation
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Today, we can draw some preliminary conclusions about the social and economic changes of recent years. If we were to try to reduce these changes to a single formula, we might say it was simply a swap: power for private property...
6. The Choice
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Today, our nation faces a choice. this is the one thing we all seem to agree on, and indeed our opponents seem to be the ones making the most noise about it. The choice comes down to this: which of all our competing strategies will keep us from devolving into...
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Publication Year: 2011