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The light-green society : ecology and technological modernity in France, 1960-2000

Author: Michael Bess
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The accelerating interpenetration of nature and culture is the hallmark of the new "light-green" social order that has emerged in postwar France, argues Michael Bess in this penetrating new history. On one hand, a preoccupation with natural qualities and equilibrium has increasingly infused France's economic and cultural life. On the other, human activities have laid an ever more potent and pervasive touch on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Bess
ISBN: 0226044173 9780226044170 0226044181 9780226044187
OCLC Number: 52251164
Description: xix, 369 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Postwar Acceleration --
Nukes, Concordes, and Anxiety: The French "Special Relationship" with High Technology --
Ambivalent Modernity --
Europe's Nuclear Macho? Perceptions of France as a Relatively "Ungreen" Nation --
The Postwar Boom: Continuity vs. Discontinuity --
Technological Darwinism --
The Great Renewal --
Machine/Symbol: The Concorde --
The Role of Nuclear Technology within the National Discourse of Anxiety --
French Perceptions of the Rainbow Warrior Affair --
Endangered Species: The French Peasant --
The Rural Future: A Key Issue for the French Greens --
Machine/Symbol: Le Cheval Vapeur (Farm tractor, or "Steam-Horse") --
The Cultural Backlash: In Search of a New Rural Balance --
Territorial Balancing --
French Uniqueness, French Ordinariness --
The Rise of Ecology --
The Prehistory of Ecological Awareness --
Environmentalism and Ecology: Working Definitions --
Nineteenth-Century Precursors in France: From "Acclimatation" to Conservation --
From Utility to Beauty: The Early Twentieth Century --
1945-1960: Warnings Unheeded --
The Unexpected Trajectory of Environmentalist Success --
1960-1974: Taking it to a New Level --
1974-1981: Eco-Quixote vs. Electricite de France --
Machine/Symbol: The Nuclear Reactor --
1981-1989: Entering the Political Fray --
1989-present: "Tous Verts!"--"We are all environmentalists!" --
Nuances of Dark Green: The Intellectual Horizons of French Environmentalism --
A Revolution against the Industrial Revolution --
The Two Main Currents of French Green Thought.
Responsibility: Michael Bess.
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Bess traces the technological transformations that shook post-war France, and shows how they led, in turn, to the rise of environmentalist ideas. As technological modernity merged with  Read more...

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