"...anyone interested in comparative history of the British Empire, the neo-Europes, or social movements in industrial societies can read this book with profit. This is the first full-scale environmental history of authors - activists as well as academics - have managed to combine a serious historical study with a sympathetic inside view. This is not, fully, the kind of specialized scholarhip characteristic of American academic writing. It is directed to an educated but general audience by scholars with loyalities to the cause they analyze." American Historical Review
"...a comprehensive study, which opens new perspectives on how far pressures andinitiatives in a divided society can generate change or conflict." John Gullick, Times Literary Supplement
This book traces the environment movement in Australia from the first visionaries who pressed for preservation of native fauna and for sanitation in cities to a mass social movement that challenges the most powerful interests in society.It covers the major environmental issues that have been at the forefront of Australian politics since the 1960s, including the struggle for Lake Pedder, uranium mining, Fraser Island and Green Bans. The authors, professional historians and environmental activists, have written an original and highly readable book.