The Environmental Movement in Germany

The Environmental Movement in Germany : Prophets and Pioneers, 1871-1971

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This is a first-rate contribution, both valuable and interesting. Dominick makes a strong and well-supported case that a popular movement for environmental protection has existed for over a century in Germany...This history is highly relevant to understanding recent German environmental politics. Richard N. L. Andrews German environmentalism did not begin with the emergence of the Green Party in the 1970s. As this book shows, an active environmental movement has existed in Germany for more than a century. Raymond H. Dominick III documents the many so-called NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) protests, in which neighbors banded together to try to halt the environmental destruction. He also chronicles the origins and evolution of Germany's long-lived conservation societies. Using their forgotten newsletters and archives, Dominick reconstructs the agendas, tactics, and influence of these groups from their formation around the beginning of the twentieth century until the early 1970s. He finds that in Germany, nature has found defenders among persons whose politics range from conservative to socialist and whose social standing ranges from the Kaiser to factory workers. Dominick carefully explores the intellectual and organizational ties between the conservationists and the Nazis. He concludes with a look at today's Green movement and its connection with earlier ideologies of conservation and environmentalism.show more

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  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 33mm | 476.28g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025331819X
  • 9780253318190

About Raymond H. Dominick

RAYMOND H. DOMINICK III is Associate Professor of History at the Ohio State University at Mansfield. He is the author of Wilhelm Liebknecht and the Founding of the German Social Democratic Party.show more

Table of contents

List of Graphs and Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations PART ONE 1. The Origins 2. Early Organizations and Constituencies PART TWO 3. The Volkisch Temptation PART THREE 4. Postwar Reconstruction 5. Radical Readjustments 6. Recent Constituencies 7. Conclusions Notes Works Cited Indexshow more

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"This is an important work for understanding the roots of the Green movement in Germany and, in many ways, of environmental movements elsewhere. The book is well organized, readable, and based on impressive research." - Choice "This volume should be required reading for all students of environemntal ideology and movements." - Environment " ... the book stands as a sobering study in the relationship of environmentalism to politics." - Forest & Conservation History " ... a balanced and authoritative analysis ... " - The Ecologist "A first-rate contribution, both valuable and interesting. Dominick makes a strong and well-supported case that a popular movement for environmental protection has existed for over a century in Germany ... This history is highly relevant to understanding recent German environmental politics."- Richard N. L. Andrewsshow more

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