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Культурная география в СССР и постсоветской России: история (вос)становления и факторы самобытности

The history of the development of cultural (initially socio-cultural) geography in the USSR is the main topic of the article. It has appeared in 1930-1940s without any regard to both the Russian school of anthropogeography and the emerging C. Sauer tradition in cultural landscape studies. The attempts to establish cultural geography within Soviet geography in 1940-1980s are described. The main reasons of establishment, conceptual framework and unique features of ‘humanitarian geography’, newly established in Post-Soviet Russia, are revealed. The comparison of this original Russian school and the leading Western concepts like geosophy, geographical epistemology, new cultural geography, humanistic geography is executed.