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About Me
Institution
University of York, YO10 5DD, UK

Position
Anniversary Professor in History

Research Topic, region and time period (one line)
Steppes/Grasslands, Agriculture, Soil, Russia, Ukraine, north America, 17th to 20th centuries

You and your research (brief description)
Before moving to York in 2012, David held posts at universities in the north of England and west of Scotland, but began his career at the University of Texas at Austin. His postgraduate studies included a year at Leningrad State University in 1985-6. He has held fellowships and visiting positions in the USA, Russia and Finland. The main focus of his research has been the rural world of the Russian Empire from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Initially a social historian, he moved into environmental history over a decade ago. His work has become increasingly transnational and comparative. His research on the steppes has led him to explore parallels and connections with America’s Great Plains. He has also been involved in collaborative research projects on environmental history in Britain. He is lead investigator on the Leverhulme International Network: ‘Exploring Russia’s Environmental History and Natural Resources’, involving specialists from UK, US and Russian universities, which entails annual field trips to key locations in Russia and Ukraine.

Key publication
The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia’s Grasslands, 1700-1914 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) xx + 319pp (Selected as one (of ten) history books of the year for 2013 by the Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f60b681e-529f-11e3-8586-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2mn2K9uTR

Key publication
‘The Grasslands of North America and Russia’, in J.R. McNeill and Erin Stewart Maudlin (eds), A Companion to Global Environmental History (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 247-62

Key publication
‘In the Russians’ Steppes: The Introduction of Russian Wheat on the Great Plains of the United States of America’, Journal of Global History, 3 (2008), pp.203-225 (Russian translation: ‘Introduktsiia russkoi pshenitsy na Velikikh Ravninakh Soedinennykh Shtatov Ameriki’, in V.V. Sorgin (ed.), Amerikanskii Ezhegodnik 2011 [Moscow: Ves’ mir, 2012], pp.161-76)

Key Publication
‘The Environmental History of the Russian Steppes: Vasilii Dokuchaev and the Harvest Failure of 1891', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series, 15 (2005), pp.149-174 (Winner of 2007 Publication Prize by European Society for Environmental History and German Historical Institute. http://eseh.org/awards/eseh-article-award/) (Russian translation: ‘Ekologicheskaia istoriia rossiiskikh stepei: Vasilii Dokuchaev i neurozhai 1891 g.’, Voprosy istorii estestvoznaniia i tekhniki (2009), no.3, pp.48-71)

Key Publication
The Russian Peasantry 1600-1930: The World the Peasants Made (London and New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 1999) xii + 396pp

Link to your profile (uni page / LinkedIn etc)
http://www.york.ac.uk/history/staff/profiles/moon/

Website / Blog 1
http://www.york.ac.uk/history/research/majorprojects/russiasenvironmentalhistory/

Website / Blog 2
http://russianenvironmentalhistory.blogspot.co.uk/

Keywords
Steppe, Grassland, Soil, Comparative & Transnational, Russia, Ukraine

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