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How Green Were the Nazis?: Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich (Ecology & History) Hardcover – December 30, 2005
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Chapter 1 covers environmental law.
Chapter 2 is forestry (including the discovery that the Nazis did the world's first traditional environmental impact statement, i.e., a plan distributed widely for agency and public comment, the comments themselves, and the "response to comments"!).
Chapter 3 covers Nazi efforts to have a "total nature protection act", kind of like a clean water act combined with a regional natural monuments act, as a first cut at "comprehensive habitat conservation".
Chapter 4 covers air pollution.
Chapter 5 agriculture.
Chpater 6 landscape architecture.
Chapter 7 Heidegger and environmental philosophizing. Although never actually saying it, the author of that chapter seems to imply Heidegger might have favored the Gaia "living earth" and sociobiology metaphors as the authentic "new gods" needed to transcend the shallow decadence of techno-life. [For myself, I hardly find "techno-life" to be shallow and decadent when it allows me to hear more of Handel's operas than anyone on earth who died more than 15 years ago, for example!]
Chapter 8 Geopolitics and "environmental determinism".
Chapter 9 Regional planning and extermination of "people who cannot plan their own environment properly". Can you imagine that Auschwitz was going to be a "model city" after the war?
A very good companion work to "the Nazi War on Cancer".
This book is NOT an introduction to its subject and assumes a prior working knowledge of both National Socialism and its ancestor, German Romanticism.Read more ›