An Analysis of the Conflicting Historical Problem of Russian Despotism And Modernism in Political, Social, and Economic Development in the “Russian Idea” This historical study will evaluate McDaniel’s “Russian idea”, despotism, and the trend towards modernization that have become barriers to advancing economic agendas for Russia into the modern era. Through the leadership under various Tsars and into the Communist era, despotic leaders such as Ivan the Terrible and Joseph Stalin have sought modernization through a rigid state governed policy. The idea of Russian modernization, therefore, cannot be accomplished because of the lack of economic flexibility which demands a wider class orientated investment and development in production. More...The end:
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