Электронная книга: Joachim Radkau «Wood. A History»

Wood. A History

Ötzi the iceman could not do without wood when he was climbing his Alpine glacier, nor could medieval cathedral-builders or today's construction companies. From time immemorial, the skill of the human hand has developed by working wood, so much so that we might say that the handling of wood is a basic element in the history of the human body. The fear of a future wood famine became a panic in the 18th century and sparked the beginnings of modern environmentalism. This book traces the cultural history of wood and offers a highly original account of the connection between the raw material and the human beings who benefit from it. Even more, it shows that wood can provide a key for a better understanding of history, of the pecularities as well as the varieties of cultures, of a co-evolution of nature and culture, and even of the rise and fall of great powers. Beginning with Stone Age hunters, it follows the twists and turns of the story through the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution to the global society of the twenty-first century, in which wood is undergoing a varied and unexpected renaissance. Radkau is sceptical of claims that wood is about to disappear, arguing that such claims are self-serving arguments promoted by interest groups to secure cheaper access to, and control over, wood resources. The whole forest and timber industry often strikes the outsider as a world unto itself, a hermetically sealed black box, but when we lift the lid on this box, as Radkau does here, we will be surprised by what we find within. Wide-ranging and accessible, this rich historical analysis of one of our most cherished natural resources will find a wide readership.

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ISBN: 9780745683577

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Joachim Radkau

Joachim Radkau (* 4. Oktober 1943 in Oberlübbe im Kreis Minden) ist ein deutscher Historiker.

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Der Sohn eines evangelischen Pfarrers studierte von 1963 bis 1968 Geschichte in Münster, Berlin (Freie Universität) und Hamburg, u. a. bei Fritz Fischer, der ihn stark beeindruckte. 1970 promovierte er bei Fischer über die Rolle deutschsprachiger Emigranten 1933-45 im Umfeld des damaligen US-Präsidenten Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ab 1971 lehrte er an der Pädagogischen Hochschule in Bielefeld.

Von 1972 bis 1974 schrieb Radkau gemeinsam mit George W. F. Hallgarten das Überblickswerk Deutsche Industrie und Politik von Bismarck bis in die Gegenwart. Er selbst übernahm darin die Darstellung der Zeit von 1933 bis etwa 1968. Die Deutsche Bank setzte gegenüber dem Verlag durch, dass mehrere Passagen Radkaus über ihre Rolle in der Vorgeschichte des Zweiten Weltkriegs sowie in der Kontroverse von 1952 um das Luxemburger Abkommen der Regierung Konrad Adenauers mit Israel geschwärzt wurden. In der letzteren ging es vor allem um die Rolle von Hermann Josef Abs.

1980 habilitierte Radkau sich mit einer Studie über Aufstieg und Krise der deutschen Atomwirtschaft. 1981 wurde er Professor für neuere Geschichte an der Universität Bielefeld. Danach wandte Radkau sich vor allem der Technikgeschichte und Umweltgeschichte zu. Er forschte über die Geschichte des deutschen Waldes und der Holznot im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert, über die Geschichte des Naturschutzes (auch über seine Rolle im deutschen Faschismus), über den Zusammenhang zwischen Nervosität und Technikgeschichte im Wilhelminischen Kaiserreich. In diesem Zusammenhang begann er auch mit biographischen Studien über Thomas Mann und Max Weber.

Einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit wurde Radkau bekannt, als er im Jahr 2000 eine Weltgeschichte der Umwelt veröffentlichte. 2005 folgte eine viel beachtete Biographie über Max Weber.

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