Civilizing Nature

National Parks in Global Historical Perspective

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Bernhard Hohler Gissibl

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National parks are one of the most important and successful institutions in global environmentalism. Since their first designation in the United States in the 1860s and 1870s they have become a global phenomenon. The development of these ecological and political systems cannot be understood as a simple reaction to mounting environmental problems, nor can it be explained by the spread of environmental sensibilities. Shifting the focus from the usual emphasis on national parks in the United States, this volume adopts an historical and transnational perspective on the global geography of protected areas and its changes over time. It focuses especially on the actors, networks, mechanisms, arenas, and institutions responsible for the global spread of the national park and the associated utilization and mobilization of asymmetrical relationships of power and knowledge, contributing to scholarly discussions of globalization and the emergence of global environmental institutions and governance.

Bernhard Gissibl is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leibniz-Institute of European History in Mainz. His PhD dissertation explored the history of hunting and wildlife conservation in colonial Tanzania and is forthcoming with Berghahn under the title The Nature of German Imperialism. Conservation and the Politics of Wildlife in colonial East Africa.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Herausgeber Bernhard Gissibl, Sabine H. Hler, Patrick Kupper
Seitenzahl 306
Erscheinungsdatum 01.11.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-85745-525-3
Verlag Berghahn Books
Maße (L/B/H) 23,5/15,7/2,1 cm
Gewicht 598 g

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  • Preface
    List of Tables, Maps and Illustrations
    List of Abbreviations

    Introduction: Towards a Global History of National Parks
    Bernhard Gissibl, Sabine Höhler, Patrick Kupper


    Chapter 1. Unpacking Yellowstone: The American National Park in Global Perspective
    Karen Jones

    Chapter 2. How National Were the First National Parks? Comparative Perspectives from the British Settler Societies
    Melissa Harper and Richard White

    Chapter 3. Imperial Preservation and Landscape Reclamation: National Parks and Natural Reserves in French Colonial Africa
    Caroline Ford

    Chapter 4. From Colonial Imposition to National Icon: Malaysia's Taman Negara National Park
    Jeyamalar Kathirithamby-Wells

    Chapter 5. A Bavarian Serengeti: Space, race and time in the entangled history of nature conservation in East Africa and Germany
    Bernhard Gissibl


    Chapter 6. Translating Yellowstone: Early European National Parks, Weltnaturschutz and the Swiss Model
    Patrick Kupper

    Chapter 7. Framing the Heritage of Mankind: National Parks on the International Agenda
    Anna-Katharina Wöbse

    Chapter 8. Global Values, Local Politics: Inuit Internationalism and the Establishment of Northern Yukon National Park
    Brad Martin

    Chapter 9. Demarcating Wilderness and Disciplining Wildlife: Radiotracking Large Carnivores in Yellowstone and ChitwanNational Parks
    Etienne Benson


    Chapter 10. A Revolutionary Civilization: National Parks, Transnational Exchanges, and the Construction of Modern Mexico
    Emily Wakild

    Chapter 11. Parks without Wilderness, Wilderness without Parks? Assigning National Park status to Dutch Man-made Landscapes and Colonial Game Reserves
    Henny van der Windt

    Chapter 12. Globalizing Nature: National Parks, Tiger Reserves, and Biosphere Reserves in Independent India
    Michael Lewis

    Chapter 13. Slovenia's Triglav National Park: From Imperial Borderland to National Ethnoscape
    Carolin Firouzeh Roeder

    Epilogue: National Parks, Civilization and Globalization
    Jane Carruthers

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