A Companion to Political Geography by John A. Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell, Gerard Toal

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By John A. Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell, Gerard Toal

A better half to Political Geography offers scholars and researchers with a considerable survey of this energetic and colourful box.

  • Introduces the easiest pondering in modern political geography.
  • Contributions written via students whose paintings has helped to form the self-discipline.
  • Includes paintings on the leading edge of the sphere.
  • Covers the newest theoretical developments.

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The history of Russia was the history of a country which was colonized under primitive economic conditions. This colonization meant . . the non-diversified activities and constant mobility of the population, which obstructed . . the deepening of those class differences which arise as a result of the social division of labor. And this means that, by virtue of these conditions, the internal history of Russia could not be characterized by the intense struggle of social classes. The source of political strength of the upper class ± its economic domination over a significant part of the population ± could not be stable, and threatened moreover to dissipate due to the constant movement of the population to ``new lands'' (Plekhanov, 1925, p.

The empty spaces of the Russian homeland had also directly interfered with progressive development of social relations in Russia. In Western Europe, he explained, the lack of land reserves meant that the out-migration of an over-populated countryside was directed to the urban centers. This circumstance lead to ever-increasing population densities in these centers, which, in turn, produced irresistible pressures to improve the existing means of production. Social tensions and the resulting struggle between classes would necessarily be more clearly articulated and enhanced as a result of greater population concentrations, and these centers consequently represented the most important source of progress in these societies (Plekhanov, 1925, pp.

Only at the point when this process had run its full course could there be any thought of a socialist revolution and the construction of a socialist society. It was for this reason that Plekhanov and other Menshevik Social Democrats so staunchly POLITICS FROM NATURE 27 opposed the October revolution of 1917, in which Lenin and the Bolsheviks seized power in the name of the industrial proletariat and the peasantry with the avowed goal of pressing immediately forward toward the establishment of a socialist order.

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