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New Book : Disrupted Landscapes - State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania
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State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania

Stefan Dorondel

Disrupted Landscapes : BERGHAHN BOOKS : Oxford, New York : Independent Publishing Since 1994


“This is clearly the best study on the environmental history of Romania published to date. It is a paragon of vivid, illustrative, and intimate local history combined with an international outlook.” · Joachim Radkau, Universität Bielefeld

“Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Disrupted Landscapes takes a broad view of the transformations taking place in rural Romania in the first part of the 2000s. It presents one of the most finely granulated pictures of the workings of power in rural settings.” · Diana Mincyte, New York City College of Technology

The fall of the Soviet Union was a transformative event for the national political economies of Eastern Europe, leading not only to new regimes of ownership and development but to dramatic changes in the natural world itself. This painstakingly researched volume focuses on the emblematic case of postsocialist Romania, in which the transition from collectivization to privatization profoundly reshaped the nation’s forests, farmlands, and rivers. From bureaucrats abetting illegal deforestation to peasants opposing government agricultural policies, it reveals the social and political mechanisms by which neoliberalism was introduced into the Romanian landscape.

Stefan Dorondel is a Senior Researcher at the Francisc Rainer Institute of Anthropology Bucharest. He holds doctorates in History and Ethnology from Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, and in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt University Berlin. His publications include the co-edited volume At the Margins of History: The Agrarian Question in Southeast Europe (2014).

Series: Volume 8, Environment in History: International Perspectives

Subject: Environmental Studies, Postwar History

Area: Central/Eastern Europe

New Book : The Nature of Soviet Power - An Arctic Environmental History
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An Arctic Envir
onmental History

Part of Studies in Environment and History

Author: Andy Bruno, Northern Illinois University

Date Published: April 2016

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/environmental-history/nature-soviet-power-arctic-environmental-history?format=HB


During the twentieth century, the Soviet Union turned the Kola Peninsula in the northwest corner of the country into one of the most populated, industrialized, militarized, and polluted parts of the Arctic. This transformation suggests, above all, that environmental relations fundamentally shaped the Soviet experience. Interactions with the natural world both enabled industrial livelihoods and curtailed socialist promises. Nature itself was a participant in the communist project. Taking a long-term comparative perspective, The Nature of Soviet Power sees Soviet environmental history as part of the global pursuit for unending economic growth among modern states. This in-depth exploration of railroad construction, the mining and processing of phosphorus-rich apatite, reindeer herding, nickel and copper smelting, and energy production in the region examines Soviet cultural perceptions of nature, plans for development, lived experiences, and modifications to the physical world. While Soviet power remade nature, nature also remade Soviet power.

New Book "Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change in Britain and Beyond"
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book Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change in Britain and Beyond [Paperback]

Peter Coates (Editor); David Moon (Editor); Paul Warde (Editor)

http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/local-places-global-processes.html

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