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        Holding the Hinterlands | The Power of Place

        This half hour video program, Holding the Hinterlands, is divided into two case studies. The first, Dagestan: Causcuses Disconnect, explores the dissolution of the vast Soviet Union and how the various nationalities within Russia have been confronted with a choice between nationalist anarchy and peaceful cooperation with the Russian core. The second case study, Bratsk: The Legacy of Central Planning, explores this Siberian city's historic contribution to the Soviet central economy and the problems it faces today with environmental pollution and unemployment. The contrast in location, climate, and histories between these two regions of Russia illustrate how geography relates to background, culture, traditional beliefs, and environmental limitations.

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