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The Greenest Nation?A New History of German Environmentalism$
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Frank Uekötter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027328

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027328.001.0001

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Explaining the Rise of Environmentalism

Explaining the Rise of Environmentalism

(p.101) Interim Remarks Explaining the Rise of Environmentalism
The Greenest Nation?

Frank Uekötter

The MIT Press

The interim remarks take a step back from the hustle and bustle of politics to reflect on the forces that supported the rise of environmentalism. The chapter discusses transnational trends such as the growing prominence of post-material values, new ideas about health and the declining significance of industry in Western economies. A number of specific German conditions underscored the trend. Activists in the post-1968 tradition recast the environmental crisis in Marxist terms. Ambitious politicians embraced environmental causes to advance their careers. Environmentalism also helped to cope with a sense of insecurity that was fuelled both by the Cold War and Germany's deeply troubling past. Over time, German businessmen realized that a commitment to green values met nicely with its commitment to cutting-edge engineering. There was also an element of luck. For all the supporting conditions, it was completely unexpected that so many things came together in a spectacular boom of environmentalism in the 1980s.

Keywords:   post-materialism, Ronald Inglehart, Cold War, post-industrial society, ecology, health, pollution, Marxism, New Left, engineering, green business

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