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The Nature of Soviet Power: An Arctic Environmental History

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  • Interprets Soviet history as an environmental story, allowing readers to appreciate the influence of the natural world in the broad history of the USSR
  • Offers an Arctic history of a relatively unknown, but extensively developed, territory
  • Presents a novel way of summarizing overarching attitudes about nature in the Soviet Union

Series: Studies in Environment and History

By: Andy Bruno (Author)

310 pages, 10 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | 2017 | #235079 | ISBN-13: 9781316507926
Available for pre-order: Due Jul 2017 Details
NHBS Price: £20.99 $27/€24 approx
Hardback | Apr 2016 | #231707 | ISBN-13: 9781107144712
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About this book

During the twentieth century, the Soviet Union turned the Kola Peninsula in the northwest corner of the country into one of the most populated, industrialized, militarized, and polluted parts of the Arctic. This transformation suggests, above all, that environmental relations fundamentally shaped the Soviet experience. Interactions with the natural world both enabled industrial livelihoods and curtailed socialist promises. Nature itself was a participant in the communist project. Taking a long-term comparative perspective, The Nature of Soviet Power sees Soviet environmental history as part of the global pursuit for unending economic growth among modern states. This in-depth exploration of railroad construction, the mining and processing of phosphorus-rich apatite, reindeer herding, nickel and copper smelting, and energy production in the region examines Soviet cultural perceptions of nature, plans for development, lived experiences, and modifications to the physical world. While Soviet power remade nature, nature also remade Soviet power.


Contents

1. Nature and power in the Soviet North
2. Assimilation and conquest
3. Stalinism as an ecosystem
4. Deep in the tundra
5. Scarring the beautiful surroundings
6. Transforming but not transcending
7. The life of the Soviet environment


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Biography

Andy Bruno is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Associate in Environmental Studies at Northern Illinois University.

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