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By V. Shlapentokh, Joshau Woods

The publication bargains a theoretical dialogue of the feudal version and a initial program of the version to post-Soviet Russia. as well as a evaluate of the feudal version as an amazing style, the writer explains the analytical advantages of drawing comparisons among international locations and throughout ancient contexts. particularly, modern Russia is in comparison to Western eu nations in the course of the center a long time and to the Soviet interval in Russian heritage. The booklet is dedicated to illuminating an important political, social and fiscal features of up to date Russian society.

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18 As strange as it may seem, it is reasonable to enroll Vladimir Lenin as an advocate of the segmented approach, though he was clearly drawn to this concept not on theoretical grounds, but by common sense, as he observed Russian reality after the civil war. 21 The perception of Russia as a fragmented society started to spread by the end of the 1990s, when it became evident to several observers that the transformation of Russia into a “normal liberal society” had failed. These observers realized that several forms of capitalist and even democratic relations coexisted in Russia, from traditional authoritarian ways of running the country to feudal tendencies in the provinces.

25 W e a k n e s s o f t h e S t at e 41 Fears of Ordinary People In many respects, the fears of ordinary people in post-Soviet Russia were the same as in the Middle Ages. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people watched as centralized fears were replaced by decentralized ones. In other words, the fear of the powerful state was replaced by the fear of a multitude of criminals, gangs, corporations, and rich people who took over the job of repressing ordinary people. 26 The fear of criminals became part of everyday life in Russia.

38 Contemporary Russia as a Feudal Society The Disrespect for Law Scholars generally follow one of two different perspectives on the Middle Ages. Some focus on the feudal order that was finally installed after the period of turmoil in early medieval society. 9 They saw feudal order as a well-developed hierarchical network of actors with elaborated codes of behavior. Each stratum of the population, from warriors and priests to peasants, was said to have its own function. These authors give the impression that Middle Ages France, around the year 1000, was an orderly society.

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