Cold war ecology: forests, farms, and people in the East German landscape, 1945-1989

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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.

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table_of_contents Landscape and culture -- Initial conditions and reparations -- "A law would be good" : land reform -- The landscape's "socialist transformation" and flight from the countryside (1949-1961) -- The landscape transformed (1960-1961) -- Cybermarxism and innovation (1961-1971) -- The Grüneberg era and the triumph of industrial production methods (1971-1989).
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title Cold war ecology forests, farms, and people in the East German landscape, 1945-1989
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