David Moon

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

David Moon is Anniversary Professor in History at the University of York, UK. The main focus of his research has been the rural world of the lands ruled by Russia from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Originally a social historian of peasants, over a decade and a half ago he moved into environmental history. In recent years, his work has become increasingly transnational and comparative.
He was lead investigator on a Leverhulme International Network (2013–16): “Exploring Russia’s Environmental History and Natural Resources,” involving specialists from UK, US, and Russian universities, which involved annual field trips to key locations in Russia and Ukraine. In addition, he is exploring parallels and connections between Russia and Ukraine's steppes and America’s Great Plains. He currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2015–17) for a project entitled “The Amerikan Steppes: Russian Influences on the Great Plains.”


New Directions in Russian Environmental History (with Catherine Evtuhov and Julia Lajus)
Email david.moon@york.ac.uk



  • “Steppe by Steppe: Exploring Environmental Change in Southern Ukraine.” Global Environment 9, no. 2 (2016): 414–39.
  • with Peter Coates and Paul Warde, eds. Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change in Britain and Beyond. Oxford: Oxbow books/Windgather Press, 2016.
  • The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia’s Grasslands, 1700–1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “The Grasslands of North America and Russia.” In A Companion to Global Environmental History, edited by J. R. McNeill and Erin Stewart Mauldin, 247–62. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • In the Russians’ Steppes: The Introduction of Russian Wheat on the Great Plains of the United States of America.” Journal of Global History 3, no. 2 (2008): 203–25.
  • The Russian Peasantry 1600–1930: The World the Peasants Made. London: Addison Wesley Longman, 1999.