Cold War Ecology: Forests, Farms, and People in the East German Landscape, 1945-1989

Cold War Ecology: Forests, Farms, and People in the East German Landscape, 1945-1989

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by Arvid Nelson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300106602

ISBN-13: 9780300106602

Pub. Date: 12/10/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

East Germany, its economy, and its society were in decline long before the country’s political collapse in the late 1980s. The clues were there in the natural landscape, Arvid Nelson argues in this groundbreaking book, but policy analysts were blind to them. Had they noted the record of the leadership’s values and goals manifest in the landscape, they

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East Germany, its economy, and its society were in decline long before the country’s political collapse in the late 1980s. The clues were there in the natural landscape, Arvid Nelson argues in this groundbreaking book, but policy analysts were blind to them. Had they noted the record of the leadership’s values and goals manifest in the landscape, they wouldn’t have hailed East Germany as a Marxist-Leninist success story. Nelson sets East German history within the context of the landscape history of two centuries to underscore how forest and ecosystem change offered a reliable barometer to the health and stability of the political system that governed them.
Cold War Ecology records how East German leaders’ indifference to human rights and their disregard for the landscape affected the rural economy, forests, and population. This lesson from history suggests new ways of thinking about the health of ecosystems and landscapes, Nelson shows, and he proposes assessing the stability of modern political systems based on the environment’s system qualities rather than on political leaders’ goals and beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106602
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/10/2005
Series:
Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures....................ix
Conversions....................x
Preface....................xi
Acknowledgments....................xv
A Note on Terminology....................xix
1. Prologue....................1
2. Landscape and Culture....................10
3. Initial Conditions and Reparations....................29
4. "A Law Would Be Good": Land Reform....................53
5. The Landscape's "Socialist Transformation" and Flight from the Countryside (1949-1961)....................77
6. The Landscape Transformed (1960-1961)....................99
7. Cybermarxism and Innovation (1961-1971)....................118
8. The Grüneberg Era and the Triumph of Industrial Production Methods (1971-1989)....................141
9. Reunification....................171
Notes....................189
Glossary....................259
Bibliography....................265
Index....................299
Plates follow pages 52 and....................140

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