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作者 Hill, Fiona
書名 The Siberian Curse : How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold
出版項 New York, NY : Brookings Institution Press, 2003
國際標準書號 9780815796183 (electronic bk.)
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說明 1 online resource (328 pages)
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附註 Cover -- Title Page -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Transliteration -- Chapter 1. The Great Errors -- Chapter 2. Size Matters -- Chapter 3. The Cost of the Cold -- Chapter 4. Geography Is Not Destiny -- Chapter 5. Siberia--Plenty of Room for Error -- Chapter 6. Disconnected Russia -- Chapter 7. Taking Stock: How Much Has Changed? -- Chapter 8. Can Russia Shrink? -- Chapter 9. Russia of the Mind -- Chapter 10. Tearing Down Potemkin Russia -- Appendix A. Celsius-Farenheit Conversions -- Appendix B. Definition of the TPC Concept and Sources of Data -- Appendix C. The Russian North -- Appendix D. An Outline for Further Research -- Appendix E. Cities in the Cold -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Back Cover
Can Russia ever become a normal, free-market, democratic society? Why have so many reforms failed since the Soviet Union's collapse? In this highly-original work, Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Russia's geography, history, and monumental mistakes perpetrated by Soviet planners have locked it into a dead-end path to economic ruin. Shattering a number of myths that have long persisted in the West and in Russia, The Siberian Curse explains why Russia's greatest assets––its gigantic size and Siberia's natural resources––are now the source of one its greatest weaknesses. For seventy years, driven by ideological zeal and the imperative to colonize and industrialize its vast frontiers, communist planners forced people to live in Siberia. They did this in true totalitarian fashion by using the GULAG prison system and slave labor to build huge factories and million-person cities to support them. Today, tens of millions of people and thousands of large-scale industrial enterprises languish in the cold and distant places communist planners put them––not where market forces or free choice would have placed them. Russian leaders still believe that an industrialized Siberia is the key to Russia's prosperity. As a result, the country is burdened by the ever-increasing costs of subsidizing economic activity in some of the most forbidding places on the planet. Russia pays a steep price for continuing this folly––it wastes the very resources it needs to recover from the ravages of communism. Hill and Gaddy contend that Russia's future prosperity requires that it finally throw off the shackles of its Soviet past, by shrinking Siberia's cities. Only by facilitating the relocation of population to western Russia, closer to Europe and its markets, can Russia achieve sustainable economic growth. Unfortunately for Russia, there is no historical precedent for
shrinking cities on the scale that will be required. Downsizing Siberia will be a costly and wrenching proce
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
鏈接 Print version: Hill, Fiona The Siberian Curse : How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold New York, NY : Brookings Institution Press,c2003 9780815736448
主題 Economic geography.;Forced migration -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- History -- 20th century.;Land settlement -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- History -- 20th century.;Industrial location -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.;Siberia (Russia) -- Economic conditions.;Russia (Federation) -- Economic conditions
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Alt Author Gaddy, Clifford G
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