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The Green and the Brown. A History of Conservation in Nazi Germany (Studies in Environment and History, Cambridge University Press: New York et al, 2006).

To this day, this book is the only monograph that provides a comprehensive environmental history of Nazi Germany. It covers a wide range of issues: nature protection, animal protection, reforms in forestry, autarky policies, water projects, reclamation of wasteland, etc. It takes much of the air out of earlier readings that stressed ideological proximities and opens a new perspective on the topic: the rapprochement between purportedly apolitical conservationists and the Nazi regime. The book thus carries relevance beyond the specific German case. It is a study on environmentalism in authoritarian societies.

Reviews:

“Frank Uekoetter’s The Green and the Brown provides an excellent overview of the rapidly multiplying studies of Nazism and the environment. ... This concise, well-written book would serve as a useful introduction to the topic for both graduate and undergraduate students”.
Jeffrey K. Wilson in German Studies Review

“Frank Uekötter’s The Green and the Brown is a much-needed synthesis of the history and historiography of Nazi conservation”.
Thomas Lekan in European History Quarterly

“The Green and the Brown is an important and accessible contribution to scholarship on Nazi Germany and warrants a wide readership.”
Chris Pearson in Environment and History

“Uekoetter has a sound grasp of the general contours of Nazi-era conservation, and he presents his argument in a highly readable and engaging manner. Well researched and cogently argued, this book should be read by environmental historians and Third Reich historians alike, and most especially by scholars in search of new and innovative research projcts in these fields. ... Frank Uekoetter’s The Green and the Brown is the latest and, in many ways, the best contribution to this burgeoning field.”
Mark Cioc in Central European History

“I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning both about the curious inner workings of National Socialism as well as how this movement provided so seductive to people – including many environmentalists – who had previously been ‘unpolitical.’”
Michael E. Zimmerman in Organization & Environment

“The main strength of this book is the author’s skillful use of archival sources to illustrate the inconsistent attitude toward conservation displayed by the Nazi regime, and the opportunism exhibited by conservationists. ... Uekoetter must be given credit for writing an accessible and revealing work on a provocative topic.”
Charles Closmann in H-Environment

“This book offers the most specifically focused analysis of the cooperation between the various segments of the conservation community and the National Socialist hierarchy, along with the serious implications of this union, implications that extend far beyond ecology. In this volume, Uekoetter draws effectively on a wealth of primary and secondary sources to provide a gestalt of the conservation movement’s relationship to Nazism prior to and during the war.”
Adam Brown in H-German

„Sein umwelthistorisch kenntnisreiches, gut lesbares Buch über das Verhältnis der ‚Grünen’ zu den ‚Braunen’ zeichnet sich durch eine in weiten Teilen klare Urteilsbereitschaft aus.“
Willi Oberkrome in Neue Politische Literatur

„Insgesamt ist der Band eine überzeugende und gut lesbare Darstellung der Naturschutzgeschichte im Nationalsozialismus.“
Martin Bemmann in Archiv für Sozialgeschichte

„Da es sich hier die erste Gesamtdarstellung handelt, sollte das Werk baldmöglichst in Übersetzung auf dem deutschen Buchmarkt erhältlich sein.“
Michael Wettengel in Historische Zeitschrift

 

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