History of the Australian Environment Movement

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 1999 - History - 324 pages
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This book traces the development of the environment movement in Australia from the first visionaries who pressed for preservation of native fauna and for sanitation in cities to a mass social movement that challenges the most powerful interests in society. European settlers responded strongly, and often unwisely, to the unique flora, fauna and landscapes of Australia. The authors examine the social biases and traditions which contributed to the rise of an environmental ethic in the late nineteenth century. They then analyse the campaigns of the second wave, showing how the environment movement evolved as a social movement and became a sophisticated factor in the political process. The authors, professional historians and environmental activists, have written an original and highly readable book for social scientists and historians, as well as activists and general readers.
 

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Contents

Professors Learned Assessors
24
Sane Citizens and Sanitarians
61
The Second Wave Builds World War II to 1972
89
Old Meets New
92
The Campaigning Movement 19731983
125
Taking to the Streets
128
Taking to the Bush
145
The Professional Movement 19831990
165
Urban Issues and Pollution
197
Greenies and Numbers Men
223
Dancing in the Dark The Movement in the 1990s
241
CounterMoves
243
Epilogue
262
Notes
267
Bibliography
296
Index
313

Fighting for Wilderness
169

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About the author (1999)

Libby Connors is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Southern Queensland. She is the author of Warrior which won a Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance 2015. She was also awarded the biennial Magarey Medal 2016 for Biography for Warrior: A Legendary Leader's Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier. Her other work includes Australia's Frontline and she is co-author of A History of the Australian Environment Movement.

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