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Dissolution of Soviet and Population Geography(2020_2_40_013)


Nearly 30 years have passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The regions under post-Soviet Union disintegration are still in transition to market economies from socialistic-planning economies, which characterize their history and make their experience unique. For example, under socialistic-planning economies, there were various measures implemented in industrial policy, urban planning, and others that have been criticized as having a lack of economic rationale. Hill and Gaddy (2003) pointed out some of such policies and called them the "Siberian curse." From a different perspective, Diener and Hagen (2012) study these regions as places with emerging borders after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In most cases, the emergence of borders disturbs the trading of goods, migration of people, and direction of investments, which give us a perspective to explore the dissolution of the Soviet Union as a regional disintegration of regions. Also, new nation-building in each country come with the rise of nationalism, which could bring new types of intraregional and interregional migration. As such, this research starts from the collection of the relevant statistics of the regions, primarily as population data at a finer geographical unit, and it explores changes in regional trends after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


April 2020 - March 2022

Leader of the Research Project

Ueda Akira


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