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New book in Routledge Environmental Humanities Series by HSE History researcher

The edited volume "Environmentalism under Authoritarian Regimes. Myth, Propaganda, Reality" was co-edited by Stephen Brain (Mississippi State University, USA) and Viktor Pál (HSE) and published in November 2018 by Routledge Publisher. 

New book in Routledge Environmental Humanities Series by HSE History researcher

The book explores the theme of environmental politics and authoritarian regimes on both the right and the left. The authors argue that in instances when environmentalist policies offer the possibility of bolstering a country’s domestic (nationalist) appeal or its international prestige, authoritarian regimes can endorse and have endorsed environmental protective measures. The collection of essays analyzes environmentalist initiatives pursued by authoritarian regimes, and provides explanations for both the successes and failures of such regimes, looking at a range of case studies from a number of countries, including Brazil, China, Poland, and Zimbabwe. The volume contributes to the scholarly debate about the social and political preconditions necessary for effective environmental protection.  

 

Viktor Pál, who currently serves as an international postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History at the Higher Schools of Economics in St Petersburg, Russia,  received his PhD at the University of Tampere, Finland.  His first book Technology and the Environment in State-socialist Hungary: An Economic History was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.