Civilizing Nature

National Parks in Global Historical Perspective

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“This book makes a unique contribution to the conservation literature by enhancing one's understanding and appreciation of the cultural meaning of nature conservation through the lens of national park development. […] Highly recommended.” · Choice

“The book meets its aim of moving conservation scholarship in a new direction by providing analysis of the ‘national’’ (and not just the ‘park’) part of national parks.” · The Public Historian

“The essays in Civilizing Nature are generally very good in outlining and analyzing institutions, governments, and the roles of NGOs, scientists, and stakeholders within and regarding national parks around the globe.” · Journal of Tourism History

“This volume impresses with a well written, fascinating and remarkably multi-facetted story about one of the globally most successful nature conservation policies. It shows clearly that the future of environmental and nature conservation work lies in comparative global history that leaves enough room for local specificities and actors, without losing sight of larger processes.” · Sehepunkte

“Civilizing Nature is a seminal work of outstanding scholars in their fields…a critically important addition to academic library Environmental Studies.” · Midwest Book Review

“For those fascinated by the notion and practice of national parks, it is probably best to start with the abstracts to the thirteen chapters…[that] convey the truly global scope of the present volume… The editors are to be congratulated for their strong cast of contributors and the‘fine essays that represent the fruits of cutting-edge research.” · Environment and History

“[This volume] brings together an appealing array of scholars to describe and discuss how the term ‘national park’ has been perceived and used worldwide. While taking readers on a whirlwind tour of places—20-odd parks in more than 16 countries in 13 chapters—it explores ideas of ‘territorialization’ ‘nationalism,’ and ‘globalization’ in an ecological milieu and, in turn, puts ‘wilderness,’ ‘nature,’ and ‘preservation’ in much-needed political and cultural context…Overall, the work leaves cultural geographers informed and inspired to continue studying and contributing to discussions of reservation, politics, ecology, and history in the context of national parks.” · Journal of Cultural Geography

"With an intellectual coherence often missing in the revised proceedings of conferences, Civilizing Nature is a path‐breaking work in its field of comparative national park history. Both editors and contributors must be commended on the outcome. It is also a valuable contribution to environmental history more broadly and a useful addition to the study of twentieth‐century global history." · Ian Tyrrell, Environment and Nature in New Zealand

“The editors are to be congratulated on having put together such a strong cast of contributors and on having extracted such fine essays that represent the fruits of cutting-edge research on national park history. I feel strongly that the future of environmental history lies in global and comparative studies of this sort and this volume offers a model in being both genuinely global and genuinely comparative.” · Peter Coates, University of Bristol

“This book is very worthwhile, and likely to be of interest to readers interesting in conservation and environmental studies more widely. The way that the manuscript is organised into themes is very sensible and helps the reader draw some of the connections between apparently disparate cases.” · Rosaleen Duffy, University of Manchester

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 Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Bernhard Gissibl, Sabine Höhler, Patrick Kupper
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 01.03.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78238-908-8
Verlag Ingram Publishers Services
Maße (L/B/H) 22,9/15,2/1,6 cm
Gewicht 446 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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