Tatyana, Nefedova Books

Environs of Russian Cities
1999 0-7734-7878-7
This study focuses on the strips of land girding large cities in Russia. Applying the term ‘suburb’ to these strips would generate misleading associations. Its Russian counterpart has derived from a centripetal, urban-oriented migration – the Russian prigorod is stepping stone to the city, not out of it, as is generally the case in the West. This book makes a pioneering effort too analyze the circumstances and phenomena of land-use, residential settings, and the relationship between the urban and rural worlds in Russia. It shows how changes in Russia’s urban margins are the result of ongoing political and economic reforms and also conditioned by long-term factors of life. It contains two empirical case studies: the study of the environs of Moscow and the environs of Yaroslavl in the 1990s. In both cases, recreation, rural, and agricultural components are emphasized. The authors particularly examine the core-periphery gradients of land use and population dynamics, and also land transfers and the formation of land market. 23 tables and 39 maps richly supplement the text. This book will be of interest to Russian-area specialists; human geographers and land-use planners, specialists on agriculture, urbanization, settlement, and recreation, as well as those interested in ongoing economic reforms in post-Communist countries.