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Nature in German History : Studies in German History - Christof Mauch

Nature in German History

Studies in German History

By: Christof Mauch (Editor)

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Published: 1st October 2004
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Published in Association with the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Germany is a key test case for the burgeoning field of environmental history; in no other country has the landscape been so thoroughly politicized throughout its past as in Germany,and in no other country have ideas of 'nature' figured so centrally in notions of national identity. The essays collected in this volume - the first collection on the subject in either English or German - place discussions of nature and the human relationship with nature in their political co texts. Taken together, they trace the gradual shift from a confident belief in humanity 's ability to tame and manipulate the natural realm to the UmweltbewuƟtsein driving the contemporary conservation movement. Nature in German History also documents efforts to reshape the natural realm in keeping with ideological beliefs - such as the Romantic exultation of 'the wild' and the Nazis' attempts to eliminate 'foreign' flora and fauna - as well as the ways in which political issues have repeatedly been transformed into discussions of the environment in Germany.

"This inspiring, well illustrated survey, provided with a useful index...opens up, for the first time, for the non-German reader possibilities for fascinating international perspectives." - Vierteljahrschrift f r Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Nature and Nation in Transatlantic Perspectivep. 1
"Conquests from Barbarism": Taming Nature in Frederick the Great's Prussiap. 10
The Political Ecology of the Rhinep. 31
Landscape as History: Puckler-Muskau, The "Green Prince" of Germanyp. 48
All of Germany a Garden? Changing Ideas of Wilderness in German Garden Design and Landscape Architecturep. 74
For Nation and Prosperity, Health and a Green Environment: Protecting Nature in West Germany, 1945-1970p. 93
Waldsterben: The Construction and Deconstruction of an Environmental Problemp. 119
Indexp. 132
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ISBN: 9781571814388
ISBN-10: 1571814388
Series: Studies in German History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.37