The Stalinist Plan for the Transformation of Nature in Czechoslovakia

25.11.2016 (10:52)

Neuer Sammelband über stalinistische Großprojekte in Osteuropa und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt mit Beitrag von Arnošt Štanzel

Arnošt Štanzel, Alumnus der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in München, ist mit einem Aufatz im umwelthistorischen Sammelband "In the Name of the Great Work: Stalin's Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe" vertreten, den Doubravka Olšáková im September bei Berghahn Books herausgegeben hat. Der zusammen mit Olšáková verfasste Text trägt den Titel "Kafkaesque Paradigms: The Stalinist Plan for the Transformation of Nature in Czechoslovakia".

Doubravka Olšáková, Arnošt Štanzel: Kafkaesque Paradigms: The Stalinist Plan for the Transformation of Nature in Czechoslovakia (Chapter 1), in: Doubravka Olšáková (ed.): In the Name of the Great Work: Stalin's Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe, New York; Oxford: Berhahn Book, 2016, S. 43-125.

Abstract des Bandes:

Beginning in 1948, the Soviet Union launched a series of wildly ambitious projects to implement Joseph Stalin’s vision of a total "transformation of nature." Intended to increase agricultural yields dramatically, this utopian impulse quickly spread to the newly communist states of Eastern Europe, captivating political elites and war-fatigued publics alike. By the time of Stalin’s death, however, these attempts at "transformation" - which relied upon ideologically corrupted and pseudoscientific theories - had proven a spectacular failure. This richly detailed volume follows the history of such projects in three communist states - Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia - and explores their varied, but largely disastrous, consequences.

Olšáková, Doubravka (Hrsg.):
In the Name of the Great Work:
Stalin's Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe
New York; Oxford: Berhahn Book, 2016.
322 S.
ISBN 978-1-78533-252-4 Hb
$120.00/£75.00
eISBN 978-1-78533-253-1 eBook

Leseprobe: Einleitung als pdf

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