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Eurasian environments : nature and ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet history

Author: Nicholas B Breyfogle
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Series in Russian and East European studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Through a series of essays, Eurasian Environments prompts us to rethink our understanding of tsarist and Soviet history by placing the human experience within the larger environmental context of flora, fauna, geology, and climate. This book is a broad look at the environmental history of Eurasia, specifically examining steppe environments, hydraulic engineering, soil and forestry, water pollution, fishing, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas B Breyfogle
ISBN: 9780822965633 0822965631
OCLC Number: 1061286979
Description: xx, 401 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Toward an environmental history of Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union / Nicholas B. Breyfogle --
Part I. Steppe environments --
2. Planting trees in unsuitable places : steppe forestry in the Russian Empire, 1696-1850 / David Moon --
3. "People arrive but the land does not move" : nomads, settlers, and the ecology of the Kazakh Steppe, 1870-1916 / Sarah Cameron --
4. "The scourge of stock raising" : zhŭt, limiting environments, and the economic transformation of the Kazakh Steppe / Ian W. Campbell --
5. Desiccated steppes : droughts and climate change in the USSR, 1960s-1980s / Marc Elie --
Part II. Water engineering --
6. Leviathan on the Oxus : water and Soviet power on the lower Amu Darya, 1920s-1940s / Christian Teichmann --
7. Soviet irrigation policies under fire : ecological critique in Central Asia, 1970s-1991 / Julia Obertreis --
Part III. Land, rocks, soil --
8. Models of soil and society : the legacy of Justus Liebig in Russia and the Soviet Union / Mieka Erley --
9. How a rock remade the Soviet north : Nepheline in the Khibiny mountains / Andy Bruno --
10. Encounters with permafrost : the rhetoric of conquest and processes of adaptation in the Soviet Union / Pey-Yi Chu --
Part IV. Fruits of the waters --
11. The Christian environmental ethic of the Russian Pomor / Stephen Brain --
12. Experts on unknown waters : environmental risk, fisheries science, and local knowledge in the Russian north / Julia Lajus --
13. Fishing, settlement, and conservation in the Russian Far East, 1860-1940 / Mark Sokolsky --
14. The tragedy of Captain Ligov : the Imperial and Soviet literature of whaling, 1860-1960 / Ryan Tucker Jones --
Part V. Bodies and disease, health and environment --
15. Strengthening the Tsarist Empire's immune system : environmental cures along Crimea's coast of health / George Lywood --
16. Reshaping the land, chasing the mosquito : Soviet power and malaria in Tajikistan, 1924-1938 / Lisa Walker --
17. Conclusions. Nature, empire, intelligentsia / Douglas Weiner and John Brooke.
Series Title: Series in Russian and East European studies.
Responsibility: edited by Nicholas B. Breyfogle.

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