On a New Version of Russian History

Sergey Krasilnikov, Ivan Kuznetsov

Abstract


The author analyzes A History of Russia: A World-Systems Analysis, a textbook by B. Yu. Kagarliczkij and V. N. Sergeev. It is noted that in their interpretation of Russian history, the authors of the book rely on academician Mikhail Pokrovsky’s concept that prevailed in Soviet historiography until the 1930s. The textbook recognizes all the principles of the concept including the constitutive role of commercial capital in the historical processes of the country. Referring to the pattern put forward by M. N. Pokrovsky, the authors consider the main processes of Russian history, such as the introduction of serfdom, Peter I’s reforms, and the modernization of the country in the second half of the 19th – early 20th centuries. However, the world-systems analysis used by the authors is quite often merely declarative and is not substantiated by factual material. Nor does the book take into account the geopolitical context of the establishment and development of the Saint Petersburg empire; additionally, it ignores the problem connected with the preservation and consolidation of the state’s independence, and the military-defense factor. The description of the Soviet period is even more schematic as it quite often overlooks the influence of intersystem factors.


Keywords


external economic relations; world-systems analysis; intersystem factors; national modernization; M. N. Pokrovsky; commercial capital.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15826/qr.2015.1.091

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