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Beauty, Health, and Permanence : Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985 - Samuel P. Hays

Beauty, Health, and Permanence

Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985

Paperback Published: 15th January 1990
ISBN: 9780521389280
Number Of Pages: 648

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Bringing together a wide range of environmental issues that have been debated since the mid-1950s, this book views these issues as a result of changes in values in American society since World War II. The author explores such substantive issues as pollution, natural lands, chemical carcinogens, and population-resources balances. He examines the politics of environmental science, economic analysis, planning, and management, and traces the impact of environmental issues on local, state, and federal government. The book explores political controversy to shed light on the working of political institutions and to establish their relationship to social change.

"Hays argues that environmentalists arose from a 'fundamental and central' change in values among the American people following World War II. In developing his thesis Hays gives nearly encyclopedic coverage to a wide range of environmental issues, from wild lands, to toxics, to population growth, and examines attempts to resolve those issues in legislative, administrative, and judicial forums. This is a very important book. It raises issues of concern to all American historians and thus deserves wide reading and vigorous debate." Journal of American History "The book is a marvel of integration and focus." Journal of Forest History "...may be the most important recent work in environmental history. It is addressed to the general public, citizen activists, environmental decision makers, and historians. Encyclopedic, it covers the history of the the urban environment, public wildlands, the countryside, toxic problems, and issues of population, resources, and the limits of growth." ISIS "Using the environmental movement as a case study, Samuel Hays looks at the way in which values emerge, are articulated in the public arena, come into conflict with established systems of production and governance, change the system, and are changed by it. Here are the considered thoughts of an excellent historian on major changes in postwar America and, as such, essential reading for anyone interested in the period." Pacific Historical Review

Introduction: Environmental Politics - the New and the Old
From conservation to environment
Variation and pattern in the environmental impulse
The urban environment
The nation's wildlands
The countryside: A land rediscovered, yet threatened
The toxic environment
Population, resources, and the limits to growth
Environmental inquiry and ideas
The environmental opposition
The politics of science
The politics of economic analysis and planning
The middle ground: Management of environmental restraint
Environmental politics in the States
The politics of legislation, administration, and litigation
The Reagan antienvironmental revolution
Environmental society and environmental politics
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ISBN: 9780521389280
ISBN-10: 0521389283
Series: Studies in Environment and History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 648
Published: 15th January 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 15.04  x 3.99
Weight (kg): 0.95