“Provides a superb overview of eighteenth-century agriculture and trade in Russia and should be essential reading for those interested in the empire’s economic history.”
"As a study of internal market dynamics, Robert E. Jones's work offers new insights for anyone interested in not only economic history but also social and political history of the eighteenth century. . . . By focusing on the grain trade, Jones recovers the history of one of the largest sectors of the Russian economy and examines the equally important issue of logistics and supply within the empire."
“This book deals with the problem posed in Russia by the newly created capital city of St. Petersburg for which there was no nearby source of foodstuffs. Jones provides the best synthesis available in English of the way agriculture was organized in Russia, and explores thoroughly all aspects of the production, marketing, shipment, and consumption of grain. There is a sophisticated discussion of the various and complicated changes in systems of production and social relations during the eighteenth century. In the process, a number of stereotypical assumptions about Russia are shattered, repositioning it among European states for the eighteenth century. To my mind this work will not be surpassed by anything for many decades. It is the last word.”—George E. Munro, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Bread upon the Waters is exemplary for the lucidity with which it presents complex interrelations of geography, economics, foreign policy, technology, and political history. The book’s larger agenda is to describe and evaluate the Russian economy as a whole with important implications for the longer term of Russian history.”—Robert Geraci, University of Virginia
A far-ranging analysis of eighteenth-century Russian economic and social history. Jones shows not only how the regime toiled to feed a fast-growing but remote city but also how that essential task reflected broader state economic policy. Specialists in Russian history--and Europeanists more generally--will appreciate and value highly this original, carefully researched study of a long but unduly neglected subject.”--The Historian