(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1983)

Document title

Theoretical problems of Soviet "Stranovedenie"

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



What the Russians call "stranovedenie" is a cognate of the German term Ländkerkunde, meaning the study of areal combinations of phenomena. Although the word for "country" is embodied in the Russian term, the discipline has studied both foreign countries and Soviet regions, and both Soviet geographies of foreign countries and the various regional geographic series of monographs on the Soviet Union fall within the framework of "stranovedenie". The author discusses the position of this subfield within the system of geographic disciplines, its relation to the concept of a unified geography, the nature of the study object in the discipline, and efforts to enhance its practical utility by proceeding from past emphasis on description to a stress on analysis and explanation.


Article of periodic

published at : Soviet geography. Review and translations New York

Editor :

Millesime : 1983, vol. 24, no3 [pp. 188-203]



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