Assistant Professor in Political History, Utrecht University
EURIAS Junior Visiting Fellow
(September 2018 – June 2019)
The Rational, Irrational and Political: Knowledge and Innovation in Central and Eastern Europe at the End of the 19th and Beginning of the 20th Century
This project proposes to examine the dissemination and reception of agricultural knowledge and innovation in the borderlands between the Austro-Hungarian, Tsarist and Ottoman Empires at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, in an attempt to account for the disparities in standards of living and productivity in contiguous rural communities. It is conceived as an interdisciplinary study that looks comparatively at knowledge acquisition or, conversely, at resistance to novelty among the peasantry in the region as a function of intersecting political, economic and cultural factors.