“Russian Soul” and Economic Modernization

16 september 2003

Resume: Political and economic reforms will not succeed unless they are accompanied by a reform in the way people think. The real transformation of a country begins when its citizens change their personal value systems. Can the national character be changed? Does the Russian mentality really need to be altered in order for Russia to become a flourishing democracy?

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8 N.M. Lebedeva. Russian People’s Basic Values at the Turn of the 21st Century. Psikhologichesky Zhurnal, 2000, No. 3.

9 Occidentalists...

10 Arnold Toynbee. A Study of History (cited by Russian edition. Moscow, Iris Press, 2002).

11  Lawrence E. Harrison. Who Prospers? How Cultural Values Shape Economic and Political Success. Translated into Russian. 2002 (pre-print).

12  The Economist, January 11, 2003, p. 33.

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