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Ecologies of Socialisms

Germany, Nature, and the Left in History, Politics, and Culture


Edited By Sabine Mödersheim, Scott Moranda and Eli Rubin

This volume explores the complex webs of interaction between the environmental movement, socialism, and the «natural» environment in Germany, and beyond, in the twentieth century. There has long been a divide between the environmental, or «green,» movement and socialist movements in Germany, a divide that has expressed itself in scholarship and intellectual discourse. And yet, upon closer inspection, the split between «red» and «green» is not as clear as it might at first seem. Indeed, little about the interaction between socialism and environmentalism, or socialism and the environment, fits into a neat binary. In a way, the discourses, positions, and policies
that structure the interactions between environmentalism, nature, and socialism in German history and culture can be said to constitute a kind of ecology – a complex and interdependent web of relations, which can appear as antagonisms, but which can also contain deeper, less immediately visible, interdependencies. Ecologies of Socialisms attempts to combine the work of scholars from a wide range of disciplines (history, literature, German/Austrian studies, philosophy, geography) in order to contribute to a better and more nuanced understanding of how «green» and «red» have clashed and also merged in German history and culture.
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German Life and Civilization

German Life and Civilization provides contributions to a critical understanding of Central European cultural history from medieval times to the present. Culture is here defined in the broadest sense, comprising expressions of high culture in such areas as literature, music, pictorial arts, and intellectual trends as well as political and sociohistorical developments and the texture of everyday life. Both the cultural mainstream and oppositional or minority viewpoints lie within the purview of the series. While it is based on specialized investigations of particular topics, the series aims to foster progressive scholarship that aspires to a synthetic view of culture by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries.

1 Charlotte L. Brancaforte: The German Forty-Eighters in the United States. 1989. US-ISBN 0-8204-1010-1.

2 Heinz D. Osterle (ed.): Amerika: New Images in German Literature. 1989. US-ISBN 0-8204-1058-6.

3 Luke Springman: Comrades, Friends and Companions. Utopian Projections and Social Action in German Literature for Young People 1926–1934. 1989. US-ISBN 0-8204-0963-4.

4 Peter Morris-Keitel: Die Verbrechensthematik im modernen Roman. 1989. US-ISBN 0-8204-1106-X.

5 Sussan Milantchi Ameri: Die deutschnationale Sprachbewegung im Wilhelminischen Reich. 1991. US-ISBN 0-8204-1119-1.

6 Michael Myers: Für den Bürger. The Role of Christian Schubart’s “Deutsche Chronik” in the Development of a Political Public Sphere. 1990. US-ISBN 0-8204-1168-X.

7 James W. Jones: “We of the Third Sex”. Literary Representations of Homosexuality in Wilhelmine Germany. 1990. US-ISBN 0-8204-1209-0.

8 Rachel J. Halverson:...

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