Empire of the Periphery: Russia and the World System by ProQuest

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From the establishment of Kievan Rus' in the ninth century, Kagarlitsky builds a convincing picture of how Russia's engagement with embryonic European capitalism, entailing a growing world system of trade and global division of labour, locked it into a pattern of development that reinforced feudalism and prevented the emergence of capitalist relations of production. Bourgeois weakness, the need to create unity between elites based on different relations of production, and insertion into the global economy via natural resources have ensured that, particularly under Putin, the state has played a dominant role - but one unlikely to transform Russia's position in the world system.

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