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Humanitarian sciences in Siberia

2011 year, number 2

Modernization Paradigm in the Regional History of Russia (XVIII - early XX century).

I.V. Poberezhnikov
Keywords: modernization, reconceptualization, region, variability, frontier, colonization, development, enclavity, spatial differentiation
Pages: 37-41


The paper describes how historians could use the new modernization paradigm in their studies on regional history of Russia. The author shows how the nature and dynamics of modernization were influenced by the frontier location of the country bordering on different civilization worlds; by Russia's versatile climatic and environmental conditions, her rich mineral resources. He also proves that the eastern regions of Russia provide material for creating a unique «frontier model» of modernization.