In the Name of the Great Work : Stalin's Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe, Hardback Book

In the Name of the Great Work : Stalin's Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe Hardback

Edited by Doubravka Olsakova

Part of the Environment in History: International Perspectives series

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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.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781785332524

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