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"A meticulous and careful study. The subject is an important one, for relatively little attention has been paid by historians to regional history within the general context of social and economic change inside Russia and the USSR."--Edward Thaden, University of Illinois-Chicago. "This book is valuable for the amount of detail it brings to bear on life in the Russian Empire. Professor Long's wide-ranging use of sources is truly impressive."--Charles Timberlake, University of Missouri-Columbia.