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Fröttmaninger Müllberg

Fröttmaninger Müllberg

Fröttmaninger Müllberg: Can One Simply Bury the Past?

Democratic Green

Democratic Green

Democratic Green: Who Owns the Olympiapark?

Strube, Sebastian, Euer Dorf soll schöner werden: Ländlicher Wandel, staatliche Planung und Demokratisierung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Euer Dorf soll schöner werden captures the transformation of Germany's rural landscape through modernization between 1961 and 1979, through the inter-village contest, "Unser Dorf soll schöner werden" ("May our village become more beautiful").

Reflections on Water: Knowing a River

Dudley draws on her experience of researching the Severn River, UK, to reflect on what it means to know a place. The river is constituted through legal documents, maps, regulations, through the lived experience of recreational users, and through imaginative and artistic practices. These multiple ways of knowing a river can inform philosophies of place and space.

Zeisler-Vralsted, Dorothy, Rivers, Memory, and Nation-Building: A History of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers

Beginning in the pre-modern world, the Volga and Mississippi Rivers both served as critical trade routes connecting cultures in an extensive exchange network, while also sustaining populations through their surrounding wetlands and bottomlands. In modern times, “Mother Volga” and the “Father of Waters” became integral parts of national identity, contributing to a sense of Russian and American exceptionalism. Rivers, Memory, and Nation-Building discusses their histories, through which we derive a more nuanced view of human interaction with the environment, which adds another lens to our understanding of the past.

Kupper, Patrick, Creating Wilderness: A Transnational History of the Swiss National Park

The history of the Swiss National Park is told for the first time in Creating Wilderness. The deliberate reinterpretation of the American idea of the national park, as implemented in Yellowstone, was innovative and radical, but its consequences were not limited to Switzerland. The Swiss park became the prime example of a “scientific national park,” thereby influencing the course of national parks worldwide.

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

When the oil tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on 24 March 1989, it releases 41.6 million tons of crude oil along the coast of Alaska. The spill causes enormous damage to local ecosystems and wildlife.

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