Synopses & Reviews
From Henry David Thoreau to Bill McKibben, critics and philosophers have sought to demonstrate how a life without constant growth might still be rich and satisfying. Yet one crucial episode in the history of sustainability has been largely forgotten. Green Victorians
recovers the story of a small circle of men and women led by political economist and art critic John Ruskin. Green Victorians
explores how Ruskinandrsquo;s most enthusiastic followers turned his theory into practice in a series of ambitious local projects ranging from painting, hand-weaving, and wood-working to gardening, archaeology, story-telling, and childrenandrsquo;s education. This is a lively yet unsettling story, for while those in Ruskinandrsquo;s experimental community established a thriving handicraft industry and protected the Lake District from over-development, they paid a price. Richly illustrated, Green Victorians
breaks new ground by connecting the ideas and practices of Ruskinandrsquo;s utopian community to the problems of ethical consumption then and now.
About the Author
Vicky Albritton has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Colorado State, and the University of Chicago. Fredrik Albritton Jonsson is associate professor of British history and history of science at the University of Chicago. He is author of Enlightenmentandrsquo;s Frontier: The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Green Victorians
Chapter One: No Wealth but Life
Chapter Two: Selling Sufficiency
Chapter Three: Queen Susan
Chapter Four: Taming the Steam Dragon
Chapter Five: Insatiable Imagination
Chapter Six: Nothing Much
Conclusion: Ruskin in the Anthropocene