The international dissemination of Russian genetic soil science (pochvovedenie), 1870s – 1914

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This article considers the international dissemination of the Russian innovation of genetic soil science, devised by a team of scientists led by V. V. Dokuchaev in the 1870s and 1880s, over the decades down to 1914. Russian soil science was disseminated by articles in foreign languages, exhibits at world fairs, papers read by Russian scientists at international conferences, visits by Russian soil scientists abroad and correspondence with foreign scientists. Acceptance came sooner in Europe, but took longer in the United States where, in spite of attempts to disseminate the innovation, it encountered institutional resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-91
Number of pages17
JournalHistoria provinciae
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 18 2018


  • Soil Science, History of Science, Russia, Europe, United States, Dissemination

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