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Soviet Collective Farms and Weather Forecasting

Pogoda i ee predvidenie [The weather and forecasting].

Moscow: Sel´khozgiz, 1937. Octavo (20 × 14 cm). Embossed cloth over boards; pictorial endpapers; 93, [3] pp. Illustrations (some in color), maps, diagrams. Light soil to cloth and spine, else very good.

Intended as an aide for agronomists working on Soviet collective farms, this guide to weather forecasting as it relates to farming practices is illustrated with numerous drawings, maps, and diagrams. The author, Petr Nekrasov (1883-?), a meteorologist and head of the Soviet Weather Bureau, authored nearly a dozen works on weather forecasting, many focusing especially on forecasting for collective farms, a politically sensitive topic in the Soviet context. The largely forced collectivization of agriculture throughout the 1920s and 1930s led to famines with an estimated 12 million lives lost. Today believed to be mostly man-made, at the time the famines were partially blamed by the Soviet establishment on the weather and infrastructural causes. Likely because of Nekrasov’s proximity to the questions of weather forecasting for collective farms, he was arrested and repressed during Stalinist purges in 1938.

As of January 2022, KVK and OCLC show only one copy, at Chicago.

Book ID: 51262

Price: $250.00