By John R. Staples
A neighborhood heritage of colonization and model in southern Ukraine, Cross-Cultural Encounters at the Ukrainian Steppe examines how assorted agrarian teams, confronted with universal environmental, financial, and administrative stipulations, sharply divergent paths of improvement. utilizing a large choice of resources, together with neighborhood Ukrainian and Russian files by no means prior to tested by way of a western student, John Staples compares and contrasts how the Mennonites, Nogais, Russians, Ukrainians, and different teams remodeled their environments and tailored to existence within the Molochna Valley.
Staples contends that the allocation and use of land shaped a significant hub round which public lifestyles in Molochna revolved, and made up our minds the luck or failure of every team. finally, he concludes, it was once the settlers, now not the country, who made up our minds how they'd adapt to the arid southern Ukrainian steppe. possibly most significantly, Staples makes a huge contribution to the research of the way peasant teams can emerge from their traditionalist mentality and life style because the Mennonites of Molochna did. His considerate research can be a welcome boost to the learn of either Tsarist peasant historical past and Russian and Ukrainian agricultural and peasant history.