How Green Were the Nazis?: Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich

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Franz-Josef Brüggemeier, Mark Cioc, Thomas Zeller
Ohio University Press, 2005 - 283 pages
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The Nazis created nature preserves, contemplated sustainable forestry, curbed air pollution, and designed the autobahn highway network as a way of bringing Germans closer to nature. How Green Were the Nazis? is the first book to examine the ideology and practice of environmental protection in Nazi Germany. Environmentalists and conservationists in Germany welcomed the rise of the Nazi regime with open arms, for the most part, and hoped that it would bring about legal and institutional changes. However, environmentalists soon realized that the rhetorical attention that they received from the regime did not always translate into action. By the late 1930s, nature and the environment became less pressing concerns as Nazi Germany prepared and executed its extensive war. Based on prodigious archival research, and written by some of the most important scholars in the field of twentieth-century German history, How Green Were the Nazis? illuminates the ideological overlap between Nazi ideas and conservationist agendas. Moreover, this landmark book underscores that the "green" policies of the Nazis were more than a mere episode or aberration in environmental history.((BLURB))---"The environmental ideas, policies, and consequences of the Nazi regime pose controversial questions that have long begged for authoritative answers. At last, a team of highly qualified scholars has tackled these questions, with dispassionate judgment and deep research. Their assessment will stand for years to come as the fundamental work on the subject--and provides a new angle of vision on 20th-century Europe's most disruptive force."--John McNeill, author of Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World---EDITORS---Franz-Josef Brueggemeier is a professor of history at the university of Freiburg, Germany. He has published extensively in the field of environmental history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe.Mark Cioc is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and editor of the journal Environmental History. He is the author of The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000. Thomas Zeller is an assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Strae, Bahn, Panorama, translated as Driving Germany.
  

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Now that Wal-Mart and the Nazi's are a part of the green movement I want to stop recycling and have a lot of babies. Read full review

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Contents

Legalizing a Volksgemeinschaft
18
Eternal ForestEternal Volk
43
It Shall Be the Whole Landscape
73
Polycentrism in Full Swing
101
Breeding Pigs and People for the Third Reich
129
Molding the Landscape of Nazi Environmentalism
147
Martin Heidegger National Socialism and Environmentalism
171
Blood or Soil?
204
Violence as the Basis of National Socialist Landscape Planning in the Annexed Eastern Areas
243
Glossary
257
Selected Bibliography
261
Contributors
273
Index
275
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Franz-Josef Brueggemeier is a professor of history at the university of Freiburg, Germany. He has published extensively in the field of environmental history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. Mark Cioc is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and editor of the journal Environmental History. He is the author of The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000. Thomas Zeller is an assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Straße, Bahn, Panorama, translated as Driving Germany. Title Positioning  Edit  

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