A Little Corner of Freedom: Russian Nature Protection from by Douglas R. Weiner

By Douglas R. Weiner

whereas discovering Russia's historic efforts to guard nature, Douglas Weiner unearthed unforeseen findings: a path of files that raised basic questions about the Soviet political process. those remarkable records attested to the not going survival of a critical-minded, scientist-led flow throughout the Stalin years and past. It seemed that, inside medical societies, replacement visions of land use, resrouce exploitation, habitat defense, and improvement have been sustained or even publicly recommended. In sharp distinction to recognized Soviet practices, those clinical societies prided themselves on their traditions of unfastened elections, overseas contacts, and a pre-revolutionary heritage.

Weiner portrays nature defense activists now not as do-or-die resisters to the method, nor as inoffensive do-gooders. particularly, they took benefit of an unpoliced realm of speech and job and of the patronage through middle-level Soviet officers to fight for a softer route to improvement. within the technique, they defended self reliant social identities within the face of a method that sought to impose legit types of habit, ethics, and id for all. Written in a full of life sort, this soaking up tale tells for the 1st time how prepared participation in nature safety supplied an enviornment for putting forward and perpetuating self-generated social identities within the USSR and keeping a counterculture whose legacy survives today.

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