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So you think you know what makes the world go round? Read about the ideas that revolutionized the 20th century.

The twentieth century was a period of seismic change on a global scale, witnessing two world wars, the rise and fall of communism, the establishment of a global economy, the beginnings of global warming and a complete reversal in the status of women in large parts of the world.

Many of these changes were brought about thanks to powerful ideologies: “big ideas” that irrevocably altered the way humans viewed their world. Short Histories of Big Ideas are brief, easy to understand introductions to the ideologies that shaped the twentieth century. Each volume explains the key aspects of an idea and provides a concise history of its growth and influence on our world perspective. 

Why are our environmental problems still growing despite a huge increase in global conservation efforts?

Peterson del Mar untangles this paradox by showing how prosperity is essential to environmentalism. Industrialization drove people to look for meaning in nature even as they consumed its products more relentlessly. Hence England led the way in both manufacturing and preserving its countryside, and the United States created a matchless set of national parks as it became the world's pre-eminent economic and military power.

Environmental movements have produced some impressive results, including cleaner air and the preservation of selected species and places.  But agendas that challenged western prosperity and comfort seldom made much progress, and many radical environmentalists have been unabashed utopianists. Environmentalism considers a wide range of conservation and preservation movements and less organized forms of nature loving (from seaside vacations to ecotourism) to argue that these activities have commonly distracted us from the hard work of creating a sustainable and sensible relationship with the environment. 

About the author

David Peterson del Mar grew up in a very rural area as the son of a commercial fisherman and worked as a labourer for a sawmill. Over the past twelve years he has taught environmental history in Canada and the United States and has published four books on social history, including the award winning What Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives (1996).

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The publisher's Big Ideas series offers brief, accessible, jargon-free summaries of ideas that shaped the 20th century and continue to shape the present. This conveniently sized (5.25x8") overview explores the recurring tension between conservation and preservation, emphasizing the complexities, factions, and paradoxes of environmentalism. It considers a range of conservation and preservation movements as well as less organized forms of nature loving, such as ecotourism, and argues that many of these activities distract from the hard work of creating a sustainable relationship with the natural environment. A timeline, a list of major figures, margin notes, and boxes on key concepts, groups, and individuals are included. Peterson del Mar has taught environmental history at colleges in Canada and the US and has published four books on social history. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Environmental movements have produced some impressive results, including cleaner air and the preservation of selected species and places. But movements that challenged western prosperity and comfort seldom made much progress, and many radical environmentalists have been unabashed utopianists. 

In this short guide, Peterson del Mar untangles this paradox by showing how prosperity is essential to environmentalism. Industrialisation made conservation sensible, but also drove people to look for meaning in nature even as they consumed its products more relentlessly. Hence Englandled the way in both manufacturing and preserving its countryside, and the United Statescreated a matchless set of national parks as it became the world's pre-eminent economic and military power. Environmentalismconsiders both the conservation and preservation movements and less organized forms of nature loving (from seaside vacations to ecotourism) to argue that these activities have commonly distracted us from the hard work of creating a sustainable and sensible relationship with the environment. 

 

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Are current global conservation efforts enough to save the environment? This is the essential introduction to the debates, the movements, the successes and failures of the environmentalism.

About the Author

David Peterson del Margrew up in a very rural area that was dominated by logging and fishing. He has worked as a labourer for a sawmill, in a fish-processing plant, and as a farmer. Over the past twelve years he has taught environmental history in Canadaand the United Statesand has published four books on social history, including the award winningWhat Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives (1996).

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Domesticating the Wild

2. Industrialization and Nature Loving

3. The Friendly Wild of Post-War Affluence

4. Nature and Counterculture

5. Breakthrough

6. Radical Departures

7. Thwarted and Splintered

8. Extreme Nature Loving

Product Details

ISBN:
9780582772977
Author:
Peterson Del Mar, David
Publisher:
Pearson Longman
Author:
Peterson del Mar, David
Author:
Mar, David Peterson Del
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Natural areas
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Environmentalism -- History.
Subject:
Nature conservation -- History.
Subject:
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Short Histories of Big Ideas
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8 x 5.125 x 0.5 in 249 gr

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"Synopsis" by , Environmental movements have produced some impressive results, including cleaner air and the preservation of selected species and places. But movements that challenged western prosperity and comfort seldom made much progress, and many radical environmentalists have been unabashed utopianists. 

In this short guide, Peterson del Mar untangles this paradox by showing how prosperity is essential to environmentalism. Industrialisation made conservation sensible, but also drove people to look for meaning in nature even as they consumed its products more relentlessly. Hence Englandled the way in both manufacturing and preserving its countryside, and the United Statescreated a matchless set of national parks as it became the world's pre-eminent economic and military power. Environmentalismconsiders both the conservation and preservation movements and less organized forms of nature loving (from seaside vacations to ecotourism) to argue that these activities have commonly distracted us from the hard work of creating a sustainable and sensible relationship with the environment. 

 

"Synopsis" by , Are current global conservation efforts enough to save the environment? This is the essential introduction to the debates, the movements, the successes and failures of the environmentalism.

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