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Cold War Ecology: Forests, Farms, and People in the East German Landscape, 1945-1989

Arvid Nelson


East Germany, its economy, and its society were in decline long before the country's political collapse in the late 1980s. This book argues that the clues were there in the natural landscape, but policy analysts were blind to them. Had they noted the record of the leadership's values and goals manifest in the landscape, they would not have hailed East Germany as a Marxist-Leninist success story. The book sets East German history within the context of the landscape history of two centuries to underscore how forest and ecosystem change offered a reliable barometer to the health and stability of ... More

Keywords: forests, East Germany, human rights, rural economy, population, ecosystems, natural landscape, political systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106602
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arvid Nelson, author