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The Russian Cold: Histories of Ice, Frost, and Snow

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The Russian Cold

Histories of Ice, Frost, and Snow

Edited by Julia Herzberg, Andreas Renner, and Ingrid Schierle

348 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-127-1 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (August 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-128-8 eBook

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“This collection foregrounds one of Russia’s most distinctive natural features: the cold. Together the contributions advance comparative climate history in new directions by attending not only to place, period, and politics, but to an even more fundamental condition of the human experience.” • Andy Bruno, Northern Illinois University

“This diverse collection provides interesting and important studies on how the cold climate in Russia was experienced, studied and imagined by various actors in different periods of its history.” • Alla Bolotova, Aalto University


Cold has long been a fixture of Russian identity both within and beyond the borders of Russia and the Soviet Union, even as the ongoing effects of climate change complicate its meaning and cultural salience. The Russian Cold assembles fascinating new contributions from a variety of scholarly traditions, offering new perspectives on how to understand this mainstay of Russian culture and history. In chapters encompassing such diverse topics as polar exploration, the Eastern Front in World War II, and the iconography of hockey, it explores the multiplicity and ambiguity of “cold” in the Russian context and demonstrates the value of environmental-historical research for enriching national and imperial histories.

Julia Herzberg is Professor of the History of East Central Europe and Russia in the Pre-Modern Period at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and at the University of Regensburg.

Andreas Renner is Professor of Russian-Asian Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Ingrid Schierle is Research Fellow at the Institute for Eastern European History and Area Studies at the University of Tübingen.

Subject: History: 18th/19th CenturyHistory: 20th Century to PresentEnvironmental Studies (General)
Area: Central/Eastern EuropeCircumpolar


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