Comprehensive and authoritative, this text offers an accessible introduction to post-Soviet Eurasia. Students get a solid grounding in the physical, cultural, political, and economic geography of this rapidly changing region. Core thematic chapters focus primarily on Russia but also incorporate relevant information on the other 14 former Soviet republics. Regional chapters provide concise discussions of each republic and of Russia's main regions. Student-friendly features include engaging vignettes, review questions, exercises, recommendations for further reading, and Internet resources, plus over 200 original maps, photographs, and other figures. This book will be invaluable to geography instructors and students and it will also serve as a primary text in undergraduate courses.
1. Introduction: Russia and Post-Soviet Northern Eurasia I. Physical Geography2. Relief and Hydrography 3. Climate 4. Biomes 5. Environmental Degradation and Conservation II. History and Politics6. Formation of the Russian State 7. The Soviet Legacy 8. Post-Soviet Reforms 9. The Geopolitical Position of Russia in the World III. Cultural and Social Geography10. Demographics and Population Distribution 11. Cities and Villages 12. Social Issues. Health, Wealth, Poverty, and Crime 13. Cultures and Languages 14. Religion, Diet, and Dress 15. Education, Arts, Sciences, and Sports 16. Tourism IV. Economics17. Oil, Gas, and Other Energy Sources 18. Heavy Industry and the Military Complex 19. Light Industry and Consumer Goods 20. Fruits of the Earth: Agriculture, Hunting, Fishing, and Forestry 21. Infrastructure and ServicesV. Regional Geography of Russia and Other FSU States22. Central Russia: The Heart of the Country23. Russia's Northwest: Fishing, Timber, and Culture 24. The Volga: Cars, Food, and Energy 25. The Caucasus: Cultural Diversity and Political Instability26. The Urals: Metallurgy, Machinery, and Fossil Fuels 27. Siberia: Great Land28. The Far East: The Russian Pacific29. The Baltics: Europeysky, Not Sovetsky 30. Eastern Europeans: Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova 31. Central Asia: The Heart of Eurasia 32. Epilogue: Engaging with Post-Soviet Northern Eurasia