By Thomas M. LEKAN
the most strong nationalist principles in sleek Europe is the statement that there's a hyperlink among humans and their panorama. targeting the center of German romanticism, the Rhineland, Thomas Lekan examines nature safety actions from Wilhelmine Germany during the finish of the Nazi period to light up the connection among environmental reform and the cultural building of nationwide identification.
within the overdue 19th century, anxieties approximately nationwide personality infused ecological issues approximately industrialization, spurring panorama preservationists to guard the normal surroundings. within the Rhineland's scenic rivers, forests, and usual landmarks, they observed Germany as a undying and natural kingdom instead of a lately patchworked political build. panorama renovation additionally served conservative social ends in the course of a interval of quick modernization, as outdoors ambitions have been promoted to redirect class-conscious manufacturing facility employees and unruly adolescence from "crass materialism" to the German fatherland. Lekan's exam of Nazi environmental coverage demanding situations fresh paintings at the "green" Nazis via exhibiting that the 3rd Reich systematically subordinated environmental issues to conflict mobilization and racial hygiene.
This publication is an unique contribution not just to reviews of nationwide id in sleek Germany but additionally to the turning out to be box of ecu environmental heritage.
Table of Contents:
1. Nature's Homelands: The Origins of panorama maintenance, 1885-1914
2. The Militarization of Nature and Heimat, 1914-1923
three. The panorama of Modernity in theWeimar Era
four. From panorama to Lebensraum: Race and surroundings below Nazism
five. developing Nature within the 3rd Reich
Writing squarely in the idiom of the 'invented culture' and the 'imagined nation,' Thomas Lekan argues that during the wake of belated unification and at a time of swift industrialization, the German panorama got here to be visible as a touchstone of nationwide identification. He questions the concept that these engaged in panorama renovation have been easily 'antimodern,' and he demanding situations either students who've visible a simple continuity from pre-1933 preservationist sentiment to Nazism and those that have made exaggerated claims for the 3rd Reich because the progenitor of recent eco-friendly politics. this can be a welcome contribution to the literature on neighborhood and nationwide identification, becoming a member of works by means of Celia Applegate and Alon Confino, and at the environmental historical past of contemporary Germany. either scholarly and unique, Imagining the country in Nature is a magnificent achievement.
--David Blackbourn, Harvard University
This very important and well timed e-book contributes to our knowing of German id in addition to to fashionable strategies of environmentalism and nature. Lekan's priceless contribution elucidates the trendy, technocratic, and healing imaginative and prescient of maintenance that associated Weimar and the 3rd Reich. His research of Nazi bio-nature is important and thought-provoking.
--Alon Confino, collage of Virginia
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