Ecofascism Revisited: Lessons from the German Experience

Ecofascism Revisited: Lessons from the German Experience

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The disconcerting reappearance of fascism in many parts of the Western world since the late twentieth century has prompted a re-evaluation of previous political assumptions. One of the more controversial facets of this process centers on the role of ecological ideas and practices within fascist circles, historically as well as today. The effort by fascist ideologists and groups to appropriate ecology for reactionary purposes has long historical roots in Germany, an aspect of the past that remains urgently relevant for the present.

From the contested history of the Third Reich to the ongoing attempts by far-right currents to modernize their appeal through the selective use of ecological themes, this book traces the surprising background and contemporary significance of reactionary varieties of ecology in Germany and elsewhere. The original chapters have been supplemented by an extensive epilogue exploring the historical and political implications of the ecofascist legacy.

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ISBN-13: 9788293064121
Publisher: New Compass Press
Publication date: 10/29/2011
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Janet Biehl (1953-) is an author, copy editor, and graphic artist living in Burlington, Vermont. In the late 1980s she was heavily involved with the Burlington Greens and the Left Green Network, and for more than two decades was involved with popularizing and developing the theory and politics of social ecology.

Peter Staudenmaier (1965-) professor of modern German history at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Peter's work as a historian focuses among other things on Nazism and Fascism, the history of racial thought, and the political history of environmentalism. He has also been an active participant in the anarchist movement, the green movement, and the cooperative movement in the United States and Germany for over two decades.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition

Introduction to the first edition

1. Fascist Ecology: The “Green Wing” of the Nazi Party and its Historical Antecedents

2. “Ecology” and the Modernization of Fascism in the German Ultra-Right

3. Right-Wing Ecology in Germany: Assessing the Historical Legacy

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