An overview of contemporary environmental affairs, from 1940s to the present—with an emphasis on nature in an urbanized society, land developments, environmental technology, the structure of environmental politics, environmental opposition, and the results of environmental policy.
Sam Hays's insights into modern American environmental thought are as stimulating as they are original. This book's close analysis of the long-standing interplay between developmental and environmental values, and his prediction that these constructs will continue 'in tandem and in tension' for the foreseeable future is shrewd. But with Hays as our guide, we have a fighting chance to insure a broader extension of green perspectives in the new century.
A History of Environmental Politics since 1945 is deeply rooted in Samuel P. Hays's long and brilliant scholarly career as one of America's premier political and social historians, and is his clearest and most powerful statement to date of the evolution of environmental politics in the United States and how it fits into the nation's overall history and social fabric.
This book is classic Hays, which means that there is nothing better in the field. The writing is clear, hard-headed, logical and penetrating. No one gets to the nub of environmental politics better than Sam Hays.
His book is a solid, critical primer.
a clear and powerful statement on the evolution of environmental politics in the United States and its place in the nation's overall history and social fabric.
. . . the book succeeds in synthesizing an enormous range of issues and ideas into one readable book. . . .The style of the book is very logical and concise, which means that upper-level undergraduates as well as scholars can follow its arguments. Those scholars and students of environmental politics and policy in the USA and advanced idustrial nations more generally will greatly profit from reading this book.
Samuel P. Hays was University Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Wars in the Woods: The Rise of Ecological Forestry in America; Explorations in Environmental History; Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920; and, with Barbara D. Hays, Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985.