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Turning to Nature in Germany
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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: The Ideology of Naturism in Early Twentieth-Century Germany Part I Socialists and Nature 1 "The Body Demands Its Rights": The Workers' Nudist Movement 2 Social Hiking: The Naturfreunde Movement Part II: Youth Hiking 3 The Roots of Organized Youth Hiking: Wanderv'gel, Youth Cultivators, and Moral Panic, 1900-1915 4 Between Authority and Freedom: Youth Cultivation Through Hiking, 1916-1928 5 The Assault on Youth Hiking, 1929-1940 Part III The Conservation Movement 6 From Preserving to Planning Nature: The Bourgeois Conservationists Conclusion: The Cultural Appropriation of Nature from the Kaiserreich to the Third Reich List of Abbreviations Notes German Archives and Periodicals Consulted Bibliography Index

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John Alexander Williams is Professor of History at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

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"[Turning to Nature in Germany] offers a valuable corrective to long-held assumptions about nature movements in Germany ... [It] is a fine contribution to the scholarship on nature movements, German culture, and youth. Unlike many other works on twentieth-century Germany, it manages to show continuities across the major milestones of 1914, 1918, and 1933. Beyond an admirable ability to move across historical breaks, Williams manages to make cogent connections to broader cultural phenomena, especially sexuality. In grouping nudism, youth, and conservation together, he creates fertile connections and promotes a deeper understanding of the role of nature in German society." - Jason Tebbe, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth "[Turning to Nature in Germany] offers a comprehensive overview of reform, youth, and nature movements in Germany during the first four decades of the twentieth century with a thematic focus on three areas: nudism, youth hiking, and nature conservatism ... John Alexander Williams has written an engaging and nuanced book that deserves a broad readership." - Carl Niekerk, Monatshefte "This study ... is about hiking and forms the most nuanced analysis that has appeared so far--since George Mosse and Walter Laqueur started looking at the youth movement in the 1960s. Although the Wandervogel have been covered extensively before, Williams adds fresh detail." - Geoffrey Giles, German Studies Review "Turning to Nature in Germany makes an important argument about the normality of German history and about not interpreting the past in the dark light Nazism casts on it. Williams has a compelling perspective and incorporates a rich and broad range of historical research. His discussions of socialist hiking organizations and attitudes toward nature and youth hiking are really excellent - densely researched, beautifully organized, vigorously and persuasively argued." - Celia Applegate, University of Rochester "The symbolic as well as the practical role of nature was more significant in Germany's passage to modernity than in other countries. Turning to Nature argues that overlapping and competing movements attempted to restore the balance of health through nature as an antidote to urban ills. Williams advances an original argument, revisionist in thrust, that goes against oversimplifications that see all traditions logically ending in National Socialism." - Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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