Book ID: CBB192288855

The American Steppes: The Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture, 1870s–1930s (2020)


Moon, David (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 352
Language: English

Beginning in the 1870s, migrant groups from Russia's steppes settled in the similar environment of the Great Plains. Many were Mennonites. They brought plants, in particular grain and fodder crops, trees and shrubs, as well as weeds. Following their example, and drawing on the expertise of émigré Russian-Jewish scientists, the US Department of Agriculture introduced more plants, agricultural sciences, especially soil science; and methods of planting trees to shelter the land from the wind. By the 1930s, many of the grain varieties in the Great Plains had been imported from the steppes. The fertile soil was classified using the Russian term 'chernozem'. The US Forest Service was planting shelterbelts using techniques pioneered in the steppes. And, tumbling across the plains was an invasive weed from the steppes: tumbleweed. Based on archival research in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, this book explores the unexpected Russian roots of Great Plains agriculture.

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Review Amanda Brickell Bellows (2021) Review of "The American Steppes: The Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture, 1870s–1930s". Agricultural History (pp. 549-551). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Seitz, John Britton
Robert Suits
Maria Fedorova
Lucas Bessire
Archer, Kenna Lang
Shin, J. H.
Agricultural History
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Science in Context
Korean Journal of Medical History
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
History and Technology
University of Nebraska Press
Iowa State University
University of Chicago Press
Princeton University Press
Oxford University Press
New York University Press
Environmental history
Emigration; immigration
Water resource management
Water supply
Groundwater; Aquifers
Carson, Rachel Louise
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
18th century
United States
Great Plains (North America)
Soviet Union
Nebraska (U.S.)
Western states (U.S.)

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