Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Rural Agricultural Technological and Environmental History
James T. Andrews
In the late nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, Russian officials and scientists undertook a project of exploiting the Kazakh Steppe to turn it into an agricultural breadbasket. However, this project ran into difficulties both among the indigenous nomadic Kazakh population and with the challenges of farming in a new environment. Therefore, officials and scientists turned to another group to attempt to transform the steppe, peasant settlers from European Russia. While they did not fully overcome the challenges and achieve their most extreme visions for the steppe, this process that included demographic, scientific, and economic changes would have far reaching affects on the story of Kazakhstan down to the present day.
John Britton Seitz
Seitz, John Britton, "Science and the steppe: Agronomists, nomads, and the settler colony on the Kazakh steppe, 1881-1917" (2019). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 17777.