Roadlessness and the 'path to communism': Building roads and highways in Stalinist Russia by ProQuest

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									   RUSSIAN ROADS AND RAILROADS


Roadlessness and the ‘path to communism’
Building roads and highways in Stalinist Russia

Lewis H. Siegelbaum Michigan State University; Netherlands Institute for
Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences




                                                                                 Roadlessness and the ‘path to communism’
    Dorógi dórogi, a bezdorozh’e—dorozhe, ‘Roads are expensive, but
    roadlessness is more expensive.’ [Russian popular saying of unknown
    origin]

    U Rusi dve bedy—duraki i dorogi, ‘Russia suffers from two curses—fools
    and roads.’ [Russian popular saying often attributed to Nikolai Gogol]

One early morning in July 1929 Valerian Osinskii set
								
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