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К вопросу истории формирования дачных посёлков вокруг Москвы в ХХ веке

Japanese Slavic and European Studies. 2010. Т. 31. С. 93-119.

According to statistical information, more than half of Russian city dwellers owned a plot or a second house by the first years of the 21st century. In spite of such impressive data, the second home ownership phenomenon can hardly be found in the administrative documents or in town planning proposals for cities and suburban regions. Meanwhile, it is difficult to imagine the past and present state of the many environs of Russian cities without second home ownership, i.e., dacha that deeply impacts the suburban environment.

Hypothesizing that the spread of second home settlements in the Moscow region is an integral part of urbanization and presents a local manifestation of the international process of suburbanization, this paper aims to reveal the stages and specifics of Moscow’s ‘second home belt’ formation. A study on dacha settlements could contribute not only to a more profound understanding of urban-rural Russian culture and its past, but also to better understanding trends in city growth.