Urban History and Water Infrastructures in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union (История городов и водные инфраструктуры в Российской империи и СССР)

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Obertreis J, Malinova-Tziafeta O
Journal: Modern History of Russia
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 9
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 173-201
ISSN: 2219-9659
eISSN: 2309-7973


Abstract

This article investigates urban water infrastructures in the Russian Empire and USSR during the “Long 20
th
Century” and focuses on prospects for further development in infrastructural and environmental history within the framework of this subject. Infrastructural history has been particularly notable in German historiography of Western and Central Europe, and its theoretical solutions appear useful for research into Russian/Soviet city infrastructure. First, we suggest a shift in perspective from technological history to those aspects of environmental and urban history most closely concerned with politics and civil society—especially urban society, with its collaborations and collisions between various social groups, such as city and state officials, activists, and specialists in different areas. Differences between capitalist and socialist urbanization are also worthy of more study. Finally, we discuss the importance of modernism and modernisation discourses, as well as issues related to the production of space. The combination of various research perspectives of urban history, the history of the environment, and infrastructure of the past makes it possible to productively explore city water infrastructure. At the same time, the analysis should pay attention not only to correlation with political history, periodization, and which points of view to challenge via new approaches, but also incorporating a new social history, the history of society.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Obertreis, Julia Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt der Geschichte Osteuropas


How to cite

APA:
Obertreis, J., & Malinova-Tziafeta, O. (2019). Urban History and Water Infrastructures in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union (История городов и водные инфраструктуры в Российской империи и СССР). Modern History of Russia, 9(1), 173-201. https://dx.doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu24.2019.111

MLA:
Obertreis, Julia, and Olga Malinova-Tziafeta. "Urban History and Water Infrastructures in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union (История городов и водные инфраструктуры в Российской империи и СССР)." Modern History of Russia 9.1 (2019): 173-201.

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