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Thinking Russia's History Environmentally

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Volume 25

Environment in History: International Perspectives

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Thinking Russia's History Environmentally

Edited by Catherine Evtuhov, Julia Lajus, and David Moon

Afterword by J.R. McNeill

344 pages, 30 figures, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-027-5 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (July 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-028-2 eBook

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Thinking Russia’s History Environmentally is a work of bold vision, grand synthesis, and fine detail in creative combination by an outstanding team of editors and authors. Making productive use of a growing body of international and domestic scholarship on Russian internal imperialism, infrastructures, industrial pollution, disasters, environmentalists, exotic animals, and natural resources from fish to fossil fuels this rich volume illuminates and opens up to global comparison a history that for a long time seemed both enclosed, enigmatic and exceptional.” • Sverker Sörlin, Professor of Environmental History, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Stockholm


Historians of Russia were relative latecomers to the field of environmental history. Yet, in the past decade, the exploration of Russian environmental history has burgeoned. Thinking Russia’s History Environmentally showcases collaboration amongst an international set of scholars who focus on the contribution that the study of Russian environments makes to the global environmental field. Through discerning analysis of natural resources, the environment as a factor in historical processes such as industrialization, and more recent human-animal interactions, this volume challenges stereotypes of Russian history and in so doing, highlights the unexpected importance of  Russian environments across a time frame well beyond the ecological catastrophes of the Soviet period.

Catherine Evtuhov is Professor of History at Columbia University. Her books include Portrait of a Russian Province: Economy, Society & Civilization in Nineteenth-Century Nizhnii Novgorod (University of Pittsburgh Press 2011).

Julia Lajus is Visiting Associate Professor in the History Department, the Harriman Institute, and the Climate School at Columbia University. She was formerly Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at the Department of History and Head of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg.

David Moon is Honorary Professor at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. He has published widely on Russian, Ukrainian and transnational environmental history.

Subject: History (General)Environmental Studies (General)
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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