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The Strong State in Russia: Development and Crisis

Andrei P. Tsygankov


The book provides a succinct account of the major periods in evolution of Russia’s strong state construct by reviewing the external and internal contexts of its emergence, progression, and fall in Muscovy, St. Petersburg, Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia with an emphasis on the last two decades. Each time a combination of these contexts was distinct thereby producing different political outcomes in Russia. The book argues that a perspective on Russia from a Western viewpoint is limited and that there has been an alternative way of thinking about the nation and its problems. While focusing ... More

Keywords: strong state, autocracy, political system, political development and crisis, Western view, historical perspective

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199336203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrei P. Tsygankov, author
San Francisco State University