The historical origins of Soviet environmentalism.

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At the time of the Revolution, there existed a conservation movement promoted for aesthetic, utilitarian and scientific reasons. During the Soviet period, the materialist or scientific approach became dominant, but was subject to searing attacks by the time of the Great Break and the first Five Year Plan. Nature came to be regarded as a collection of existing and potential raw materials to be used or rearranged as man saw fit. Conservationists were treated as an obstructionist force. -J.Sheail

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-62
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironmental Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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