Arcadia

Arcadia, a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center and the European Society for Environmental History, publishes short, peer-reviewed environmental histories.

The Nature State

The National Park De Hoge Veluwe with muflons

Why do so many different nations protect nature? This collection draws on the idea of the "Nature State," a form of polity that acquires added legitimacy through the adoption of a conservationist agenda. The collection's interest focuses on a variety of processes, institutions, and circumstances through which the state and its agencies acquired a dynamic role in nature conservation, particularly from a "bottom-up" perspective. The collection is one of the outcomes of an RCC workshop held in 2014 at the Gran Paradiso National Park in north-western Italy.
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