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Comprehensive and authoritative, this text offers an accessible introduction to post-Soviet Eurasia. Students get a solid grounding in the physical, cultural, political, and economic geography of this rapidly changing region. Core thematic chapters focus primarily on Russia but also incorporate relevant information on the other 14 former Soviet republics. Regional chapters provide concise discussions of each republic and of Russia's main regions. Student-friendly features include engaging vignettes, review questions, exercises, recommendations for further reading, and Internet resources, plus over 200 original maps, photographs, and other figures.This book will be invaluable to geography instructors and students and it will also serve as a primary text in undergraduate courses.
Mikhail S. Blinnikov is Professor of Geography and Graduate Coordinator at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is a native of Moscow, Russia, and has traveled widely and conducted extensive fieldwork in the former Soviet Union. Dr. Blinnikov\u2019s research and publications focus on the late Pleistocene biogeography of grasslands; phytolith analysis; remote sensing/geographic information systems; protected natural areas and green spaces in and near cities; young-naturalist movements and nongovernmental organizations; and Orthodox religious landscapes.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Russia and Post-Soviet Northern Eurasia
I. Physical Geography
2. Relief and Hydrography
5. Environmental Degradation and Conservation
II. History and Politics
6. Formation of the Russian State
7. The Soviet Legacy
8. Post-Soviet Reforms
9. The Geopolitical Position of Russia in the World
III. Cultural and Social Geography
10. Demographics and Population Distribution
11. Cities and Villages
12. Social Issues. Health, Wealth, Poverty, and Crime
13. Cultures and Languages
14. Religion, Diet, and Dress
15. Education, Arts, Sciences, and Sports
17. Oil, Gas, and Other Energy Sources
18. Heavy Industry and the Military Complex
19. Light Industry and Consumer Goods
20. Fruits of the Earth: Agriculture, Hunting, Fishing, and Forestry
21. Infrastructure and Services
V. Regional Geography of Russia and Other FSU States
22. Central Russia: The Heart of the Country
23. Russia\u2019s Northwest: Fishing, Timber, and Culture
24. The Volga: Cars, Food, and Energy
25. The Caucasus: Cultural Diversity and Political Instability
26. The Urals: Metallurgy, Machinery, and Fossil Fuels
27. Siberia: Great Land
28. The Far East: The Russian Pacific
29. The Baltics: Europeysky, Not Sovetsky
30. Eastern Europeans: Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova
31. Central Asia: The Heart of Eurasia
32. Epilogue: Engaging with Post-Soviet Northern Eurasia