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By Douglas R. Weiner

whereas learning Russia's historic efforts to guard nature, Douglas Weiner unearthed unforeseen findings: a path of records that raised primary questions on the Soviet political procedure. those impressive records attested to the not going survival of a critical-minded, scientist-led circulation in the course of the Stalin years and past. It seemed that, inside of clinical societies, substitute visions of land use, resrouce exploitation, habitat security, and improvement have been sustained or even publicly endorsed. In sharp distinction to identified Soviet practices, those clinical societies prided themselves on their traditions of unfastened elections, overseas contacts, and a pre-revolutionary heritage.

Weiner portrays nature defense activists now not as do-or-die resisters to the process, nor as inoffensive do-gooders. quite, they took benefit of an unpoliced realm of speech and task and of the patronage through middle-level Soviet officers to fight for a softer route to improvement. within the approach, they defended self sustaining social identities within the face of a method that sought to impose professional types of habit, ethics, and id for all. Written in a full of life type, this soaking up tale tells for the 1st time how geared up participation in nature safety supplied an enviornment for maintaining and perpetuating self-generated social identities within the USSR and keeping a counterculture whose legacy survives today.

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