chapter  2
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Russia as an Emergent Country

I did not invent the title of this paper: the organisers of the conference at which it was originally presented did. It is challenging, but opens boundless vistas. A book on the economic history of Russia, reinforced by long commentaries on various hi:ttorical interpretations of Russian development, might meet the bill - 700 pages, say. Time is a scarce commodity, however, and the patience of conference participants and author alike wears thin. So what I have done is discussed a few selected aspects of Russian history which bear on the theme represented by the title.