The Age of Smoke: Environmental Policy in Germany and the United States, 1880-1970

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The Age of Smoke presents an original comparative history of environmental policy and protest in the United States and Germany. Dividing this history into distinct eras (1880 to World War I, interwar, post-World War II to 1970), Frank Uekoetter compares and contrasts the influence of political, class, and social structures, scientific communities, engineers, industrial lobbies, and environmental groups in each nation. HE concludes by arguing that there were indeed two environmental revolutions in each country: one societal, in which changing values gave urgency to air pollution control, and the other institutional, in which changes in policies tried to catch up with shifting sentiments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822943648
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Uekoetter is a Dilthey Fellow with the Research Institute of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, where his research focuses on the history of agricultural knowledge. Formerly, he was a researcher with Bielefeld University's Department of History.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Acknowledgments vii

1 The Age of Smoke 1

2 Modern Times, Modern Problems: Controlling Smoke, 1880-1914 20

3 Pollutants and Politics: Air Pollution Control between the Wars 67

4 Beyond the Pall of Smoke 113

5 Going Local, Going National: The Postwar Divergence of Environmental Policy 149

6 Forerunners and Pioneers 87

7 Environmental Revolutions and Evolutions 208

8 Conclusion: Was the Environmental Revolution Necessary? 260

List of Abbreviations 269

Notes 273

Index 341

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