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TURNING TO NATURE IN GERMANY



ISBN-13: 978-0-8047-0015-3
Writer: John Alexander Williams
Τitle: Turning to Nature in Germany
Subtitle: Hiking, Nudism, and Conservation, 1900-1940
Language: English
Edition: First Edition
Place of Publication: Stanford, CA
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Year of Publication: 2007
Format: 158x235mm
Pages: x+354
Illustrations: 13 black and white pictures and sketches
Jacket Illustration: B
ündische Jugend at the 1919 national meeting in Coburg of the Wandervogel, eingetragener Verein
Jacket Design by Rob Ehle
Binding: Hardcover with duotone laminated dust jacket
Weight: 621gr.
Entry No.: 2008014
Date of Entry: 21st February 2008

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Turning to Nature in Germany is a study of mass movements that aimed to bring the German people into closer contact with nature. In the early twentieth century organized hikers, nudists, and conservationists all looked to nature for solutions to the nation's political crises. Following these movements over three political eras--the Second Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich--the book shows how manifestations of popular culture reflected the concerns and hopes of their time. Williams breaks with historians who have long seen nature movements as anti-modern and irrational by arguing that naturists were calling not for Germany to turn back the clock, but for the nation to find a way to navigate the treacherous waters of contemporary life and strive toward a brighter future.

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