New Volume: "Schnittstellen" Presents Study on the Impact of Russia's Soil Science
Jan Arend's study on the importance of Russia's soil science and its global impact between the late 19th and the mid-20th centuries has been published as volume No. 6 of the Graduate School's book series "Schnittstellen. Studien zum östlichen und südöstlichen Europa". The book entitled "Russlands Bodenkunde in der Welt. Eine ost-westliche Transfergeschichte 1880–1945" delivers a reconstruction of the academic transfer process of Russian soil science from East to West. Arend, who has completed the doctoral programme of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, shows how a subject that had been deeply rooted in the Russian context attracted international attention.
Arend traces the exchange of scientists, manuscripts and technical terms on their way from the Central Black Earth Region of the Russian Empire to panels of international conferences, cabinets of American agricultural planners or soil valuators in Nazi-Germany. The study shows convincingly how the form and content of knowledge transforms after translating, teaching and introducing it to a new political and cultural context.
Jan Arend was associated Ph.D. candidate of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies in Munich and now works as research associate at the Chair of History of East and Southeast Europe at LMU Munich.
The series „Schnittstellen. Studien zum östlichen und südöstlichen Europa“ of the Graduate School is edited by its speakers Martin Schulze Wessel and Ulf Brunnbauer and is published with Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Jan Arend: Russlands Bodenkunde in der Welt. Eine ost-westliche Transfergeschichte 1880–1945, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017 ( = Schnittstellen. Studien zum östlichen und südöstlichen Europa; Bd. 6).
314 pages hardcopy, incl. 4 illustrations and 3 maps
Cover: © 2017 – Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht