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The Age of Smoke


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Frank Uekoetter is a Dilthey Fellow with the Research Institute of the Deutsches Museum and deputy director of the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany. He is the author of The Age of Smoke: Environmental Policy in Germany and the United States, 1880D1


"Perhaps most notable is Uekoetter's eloquent historical critique of the instinctive tendency among some environmentalists to view industry as an implacable foe rather than potential collaborator in the reduction of air pollution. Industrialists and engineers often acted as valued partners in smoke-abatement efforts; the account he presents is therefore not one that pits ecological concerns firmly against economic interests. If there is a lesson to be learned from the 'age of smoke, ' it is, according to Uekoetter, the importance of compromise and cooperation achieving real environmental improvements."
--Central European History

"Ambitious, clearly written, and thoroughly documented . . . a worthy addition to any environmental historian's bookshelf."
--Environmental History

"An ambitious work . . . uniquely expansive. The expanse [leads] directly to his interesting conclusions. After decades of writing municipal and regional histories, it is time for environmental historians to broaden their scope, and to think about the age of environmentalism in the way that Uekoetter approaches 'The Age of Smoke.'"
--Business History Review

"Elegantly written. The myth Uekoetter most effectively debunks is the belief that successful pollutant control only began with the modern environmental movement. He is one of several contemporary environmental historians looking seriously at Progressive-Era efforts at conservation, preservation, and protoenvironmentalism to make the link between earlier efforts and present day ones."
--German Studies Review

"Readily reveals the remarkable amount of research Uekoetter undertook on two continents in preparing this book. Simply in undertaking this large and difficult task, Uekoetter's work is an accomplishment."
--Technology and Culture
"Offer[s] unique insights . . . Environmentalists as well as those with interests in German and U.S. history will gain much from this work."

"This book is a major achievement. It has much to offer environmental historians, and also those working on the functions of government in Germany and the United States. Uekoetter has mastered masses of archival material, without losing sight of his main arguments. He uses concepts drawn from sociology and political science to enhance our understanding of environmental policies."
"This book is based on an immense amount of source and literature research and is well written. In sum, Uekoetter's book fills a big void in environmental history."

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