Black Earth, White Bread: A Technopolitical History of Russian Agriculture and Food (Paperback)
Examining governance, production, consumption, nature, and the ensuing vulnerabilities of the agrifood system, Wengle reveals the intended and unintended consequences of Russian agricultural policies since 1917. Ultimately, Black Earth, White Bread calls attention to Russian technopolitics and how macro systems of government impact life on a daily, quotidian level.
“This eminently readable book, based on fascinating research, serves as an urgent reminder that techno-scientific projects in agriculture have deep histories and variegated geographies, and thus are hardly an invention of Silicon Valley start-up culture.”—Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz
“A comprehensive and very refreshing technopolitical history of Russia’s agrifood system. Wengle’s nuanced account of Russia’s remarkable rise from a Soviet-era food importer to a rising global powerhouse has resulted in a timely book—a tour de force that is nonetheless narrated in an extremely concise and lively way.”—Oane Visser, International Institute for Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
“Challenges you to think beyond the confines of your respective specialty and consider big themes in agricultural history and policy. . . . Wengle should be commended for her lucid prose and sharp analysis, as well as the inclusion of several maps created by the author herself.”—H-Net Reviews
“Offers a novel approach to the transformations of Soviet and post-Soviet agriculture, emphasizing the connections between the state, production, and technology, as well as consumers and nature, the latter two often neglected in political science.”—Foreign Affairs
“The author impressively shows how unique yet globally integrated the Soviet and post-Soviet system of food production was and is, and how politics, everyday cultural practices, and technological change shaped these modes of production.”—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“Offers rich insights into the past 100 years of Russian food production, distribution, consumption and politics. . . . Offers important new perspectives on the study of the Russian food system, and food systems more generally.”—Europe-Asia Studies