Black Earth, White Bread: A Technopolitical History of Russian Agriculture and Food
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Discover the fascinating story of Russian agriculture and food systems from the Bolshevik Revolution to Vladimir Putin's presidency.
Susanne A. Wengle's interdisciplinary history explores the interactions between political policies, cultural practices, and technological advancements. Her examination includes the intended and unintended consequences of Russian agricultural policies since 1917 and sheds light on the governance, production, consumption, and vulnerabilities of the agrifood system.
From the Bolshevik demand of “Bread to the People!” and famines, through decades in which citizens who lived away from major population centers depended on themselves to raise food while the Soviet Union became a grain-exporting powerhouse, Wengle’s account sifts through official records and propaganda to gain perspective on what the future may hold for Russian and its people.
Paperback. Maps. Black-and-white photos.