Contemporary Russia as a Feudal Society: A New Perspective by V. Shlapentokh, Joshau Woods

By V. Shlapentokh, Joshau Woods

The ebook bargains a theoretical dialogue of the feudal version and a initial program of the version to post-Soviet Russia. as well as a overview of the feudal version as an awesome kind, the writer explains the analytical advantages of drawing comparisons among nations and throughout historic contexts. particularly, modern Russia is in comparison to Western ecu international locations throughout the center a while and to the Soviet interval in Russian heritage. The e-book is dedicated to illuminating crucial political, social and monetary features of up to date Russian society.

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How was the level and character of corruption linked to fluctuations in central power? V. Shlapentokh, Contemporary Russia as a Feudal Society © Vladimir Shlapentokh 2007 36 Contemporary Russia as a Feudal Society Types of State Weakness My approach to the issue of the strength of the state differs from that of many contemporary social scientists. 1 There are two dimensions of state weakness. The first arises from the inability of the ruler, or the ruling class, to protect the regime against political rivals.

He suggested that the Jacobins were Segmented Approach and Feudal Model 23 “Bolsheviks,” who, like Russian Communists, were unconcerned about the welfare of their country. The segmented approach is close to the dimension of Marxist theory that emphasized the split of society into antagonistic classes. 9 In this respect, special attention should be directed to the ideas of Perry Anderson. Using Marxist terminology he developed a view similar to the segmented approach. 11 Other allies of the segmented approach focus on the multicultural character of most societies, both today and in the past.

An examination of post-Soviet Russia from the segmented perspective, with a special focus on the elements of feudalism, may be quite productive. Joining the political school’s definition of feudalism, this chapter focused on the weakness of the state and the lack of law and order. As a matter of fact, the feudal model promises to be a useful tool for understanding not only Russia, but also any society in which the central administration cannot perform its duties. Chapter 3 4 We a k n e s s o f t h e Stat e Introduction The weakness of the state represents the central feature of the feudal model.

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