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Palgrave Macmillan

Contemporary Russia

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230223707
Publication Date April 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Contemporary States and Societies Series

Contemporary Russia provides a readable and accessible introduction to Russia's politics, economics, and society especially of the Putin legacy and Medvedev's presidency. Present developments are set in the historical context of the events and trends of Russia's first post-Soviet decade and of the country's changing place in the world.

EDWIN BACON is Reader in Comparative Politics at Birkbeck College. His pervious books include Securitising Russia, Brezhnev Reconsidered and The Gulag at War. He has written widely on contemporary Russia, and has served as an adviser for the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons.

The Historical Context
Land and People
Social Structure and Social Policy
Politics and Government
The Economy
Rights, Freedom and Civil Society
Culture and Ideas
Russia and the World


Reviews of first edition:
'[A]n excellent introductory text... well-informed, up-to-date and clearly written... authoritative in its command of both detail and perspective, over a wide range of topics... it would be hard to imagine a better short introduction to Russia's society and the contemporary Russian state.' - Phil Hanson, Slavonica
Review of second edition:
'Contemporary Russia by Edwin Bacon is an invaluable up-to-date study of Russia by a leading current expert.' Mainstream Journal
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