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The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia's Grasslands, 1700-1914

David Moon


This book offers the first environmental history of Russia’s steppes. From the early-eighteenth, settlers moved to the semi-arid but fertile grasslands from wetter, forested regions in central and northern Russia and Ukraine, and central Europe. By the late-nineteenth century, jlbjjbjthe steppes were the bread basket of the Russian Empire and parts of Europe. But, there was another side to this story. The steppes were hit by droughts, winds that whipped up dust storms, soil erosion, crop failures, and in the worst years - famine. From the late-eighteenth century, naturalists and scientists stu ... More

Keywords: environmental history, Russia, steppes, black earth, climate change, agriculture, forestry, irrigation, agronomy, Mennonites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Moon, author
Anniversary Professor, Department of History, University of York