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Modern Nature: The Rise of the Biological Perspective in Germany

Lynn K. Nyhart

Abstract

This book traces the emergence of a “biological perspective” in late nineteenth-century Germany that emphasized the dynamic relationships among organisms, and between organisms and their environment. Examining this approach to nature in light of Germany's fraught urbanization and industrialization, as well the opportunities presented by new and reforming institutions, the book argues that rapid social change drew attention to the role of social relationships and physical environments in rendering a society—and nature—whole, functional, and healthy. This quintessentially modern view of nature s ... More

Keywords: nature, organisms, environment, nineteenth-century Germany, urbanization, industrialization, ecology, natural history, animal ecology, social relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226610894
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226610924.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn K. Nyhart, author