Als das Dorf noch Zukunft war. Agrarismus und Expertise zwischen Zarenreich und Sowjetunion

RHN 108/2014 | Publication


Katja Bruisch, Als das Dorf noch Zukunft war. Agrarismus und Expertise zwischen Zarenreich und Sowjetunion, Böhlau: Köln, Weimar, Wien, 2014.

Was the Russian village in the early 20th century destined to experience collectivization, hunger and violence? Using the example of influential agrarian experts, this book studies the relationship between state politics, academia and the public sphere in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia. It explores when and under what conditions the experts were successful in turning their vision of a rural modernity into a guiding principle of state agrarian policy and why they ultimately failed. This case study demonstrates the heterogeneity of modernist thought in Russia and helps to explain the relationship between expertise and ideology in the 20th century.

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