Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR, v.v.i.
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.
OLŠÁKOVÁ, Doubravka (ed.). In the Name of the Great Work: Stalin’s Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe. New York: Berghahn, 2016. 322 s. ISBN 978-1-78533-252-4.