The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World

February 14, 2020 at 1:55 pm 1 comment

Anker, Frontpage, CUP 2020

New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020.


What is the source of Norway’s culture of environmental harmony in our troubled world? Exploring the role of Norwegian scholar-activists of the late twentieth century, Peder Anker examines how they portrayed their country as a place of environmental stability in a world filled with tension. In contrast with societies dirtied by the hot and cold wars of the twentieth century, Norway’s power, they argued, lay in the pristine, ideal natural environment of the periphery. Globally, a beautiful Norway came to be contrasted with a polluted world and fashioned as an ecological microcosm for the creation of a better global macrocosm. In this innovative, interdisciplinary history, Anker explores the ways in which ecological concerns were imported via Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962, then to be exported from Norway back to the world at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

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  • 1. Dany Hilton  |  March 26, 2020 at 5:09 am

    We invite all the participants across the world to attend the International Conference on Global Warming and Natural Disasters during June 01-02, 2020 Sydney, Australia. The theme of the conference is “Alarming Signs of Global Warming!! Preventive solutions towards climate catastrophe” and to encourage young minds and their research abilities by providing an opportunity to meet the experts in the field of Global Warming and Natural Disasters. Global Warming Congress 2020.


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