The coverage includes: the origins and rise of the Russian state and the heritage of the Soviet period; environmental background and present–day ecological problems; Russia as a federal state and problems of ethnicity and national identity; the changing industrial face of Russia; problems of rural life; the post–Soviet city; Russia and its regions; relations with the "Near Abroad", Russia and the wider world.
List of Maps.
ONE The Territorial and Imperial Heritage.
TWO The Soviet Heritage.
THREE The Emerging Federation.
FOUR The Command Economy and the Transition to Capitalism.
FIVE The Changing Space Economy.
SIX Saving the Environment.
SEVEN Population: Urban and Rural Life.
EIGHT The Regions of Russia.
NINE Russia′s Autonomous Territories.
TEN Russia and the ′Near Abroad′.
ELEVEN Russia and the Wider World.