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German Forest : Nature, Identity, and the Contestation of a National Symbol, 1871-1914 (Reprint)

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From the late eighteenth century, Germans increasingly identified the fate of their nation with that of their woodlands. A variety of groups soon mobilized the 'German forest' as a national symbol, though often in ways that suited their own social, economic, and political interests. The German Forest is the first book-length history of the development and contestation of the concept of 'German' woodlands.

Jeffrey K. Wilson challenges the dominant interpretation that German connections to nature were based in agrarian romanticism rather than efforts at modernization. He explores a variety of conflicts over the symbol — from demands on landowners for public access to woodlands, to state attempts to integrate ethnic Slavs into German culture through forestry, and radical nationalist visions of woodlands as a model for the German 'race'. Through impressive primary and archival research, Wilson demonstrates that in addition to uniting Germans, the forest as a national symbol could also serve as a vehicle for protest and strife.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 326
Genre: History
Series Title: German and European Studies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Author: Jeffrey K. Wilson
Language: English
Street Date: July 18, 2016
TCIN: 51551016
UPC: 9781487521677
Item Number (DPCI): 248-26-0209
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