Articles | Volume 74, issue 1
Geogr. Helv., 74, 13–25, 2019

Special issue: Contested urban territories: decolonized perspectives

Geogr. Helv., 74, 13–25, 2019

Standard article 16 Jan 2019

Standard article | 16 Jan 2019

Territory, enclosure, and state territorial mode of production in the Russian imperial periphery

Vera Smirnova

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This paper examines territorial practices of enclosure in the Russian land commune. Using archival research, it explores how the state and territory in the periphery were dialectically co-produced through spatial technologies and public discourses. This work brings a territorial dimension into Russian agrarian scholarship by positioning the imperial rural politics within the context of capitalist land enclosure, thereby introducing complexity into the state-centric Western territory debate.