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Author Leonard, Carol Scott, 1945- author

Title Agrarian reform in Russia : the road from serfdom / Carol S. Leonard
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 402 pages) : illustrations, maps
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Contents Part 1. Dilemmas of Agrarian Reform in Russia: 1. Imperial reforms, 1861-1913; 2. The NEP, collectivization, and post-Stalin reforms, 1921-1989; 3. The transition reforms, 1991-2010 -- Part II. Russian Law and Rural Organization, 1861-2010: 4. Property rights and customary law in rural Russia; 5. Rural organization and entrepreneurship -- Part III. Russian Agricultural Performance, 1861-2010: 6. Technology and farming culture; 7. Reform and long-run productivity growth, 1861-2010; Conclusion: the present from the perspective of the past -- Appendices: 1. Construction of total factor productivity for Russian agriculture in the Tsarist Period, 1861-1911; 2. Measures; 3. The yield of arable land (ratio of harvest to arable land); 4. Land/labor ratio, Tsarist Russia, 1913 = roo; 5. Exports and imports, cereals, meat, chicken, selected countries, years (Transition era); 6. Fertilizer use in the post-Khrushchev era, 1970-1990; 7. Agrarian reform: crises and short-run outcomes in Russia, 1861-2010
Summary This book examines the history of reforms and major state interventions affecting Russian agriculture: the abolition of serfdom in 1861, the Stolypin reforms, the NEP, the Collectivization, Khrushchev reforms, and finally farm enterprise privatization in the early 1990s. It shows a pattern emerging from a political imperative in imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet regimes, and it describes how these reforms were justified in the name of the national interest during severe crises - rapid inflation, military defeat, mass strikes, rural unrest, and/or political turmoil. It looks at the consequences of adversity in the economic environment for rural behavior after reform and at long-run trends. It has chapters on property rights, rural organization, and technological change. It provides a new database for measuring agricultural productivity from 1861 to 1913 and updates these estimates to the present. This book is a study of the policies aimed at reorganizing rural production and their effectiveness in transforming institutions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Agriculture and state -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Agriculture and state -- Russia -- History.
Agriculture and state -- Soviet Union -- History.
Land reform -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Land reform -- Russia -- History.
Land reform -- Soviet Union -- History.
Russia (Federation) -- Economic conditions -- 1991-
Russia -- Economic conditions -- 1861-1917.
Soviet Union -- Economic conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139008099
1139010247 (electronic bk.)
9781139010245 (electronic bk.)