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By Douglas R. Weiner

ISBN-10: 0520213971

ISBN-13: 9780520213975

ISBN-10: 0520232135

ISBN-13: 9780520232136

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

Weiner portrays nature safety activists no longer as do-or-die resisters to the procedure, nor as inoffensive do-gooders. relatively, they took good thing about an unpoliced realm of speech and job and of the patronage by means of middle-level Soviet officers to fight for a softer route to improvement. within the approach, they defended self reliant social identities within the face of a method that sought to impose respectable types of habit, ethics, and id for all. Written in a full of life variety, this soaking up tale tells for the 1st time how prepared participation in nature security supplied an enviornment for maintaining and perpetuating self-generated social identities within the USSR and keeping a counterculture whose legacy survives today.

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