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.
′Now, we have a single author book which brings together the research of systematic specialists into a coherent whole which interprets the rapidly changing world of the Russian Federation for an undergraduate audience...and reminds Russian specialists that there is a geographical element to the "transition" and geographers that the post–communist world is a rich field for geographical wnquiry.′ Dr. Judith Pallot, School of Geography, University of Oxford.