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British scholar of the Russian Steppes to give NDSU talk

Posted on 10/24/2016

David Moon, anniversary professor of history at the University of York, Great Britain, is scheduled to present a free public lecture titled "The Amerikan Steppes: Russian Influences on the Great Plains" Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in NDSU's South Engineering building, room 116.

Moon is a distinguished scholar of rural Russia and environmental history. He is the author of two landmark books on the history of serfdom in Russia: "The Russian Peasantry, 1600-1930: The World the Peasants Made" and "The Abolition of Serfdom in Russia." His most recent book is "The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia's Grasslands, 1700-1914."

Moon's research, through a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, explores the historic links between the Russian steppes and the American prairies, including the migration of the Germans from Russia. He is visiting NDSU to make use of the research collections of the Institute for Regional Studies, at NDSU Archives and of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.

For more information, contact Tom Isern, University Distinguished Professor of history, at 701-799-2942 or

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