Myths, Big Myths and Global Environmentalism

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


This articles explores the tension between the global outreach of environmentalism and its local and national contexts. It looks at the long tradition of environmental activism avant la lettre, the two episodes of global networking around 1970 and 1990, relations with state authorities, political affiliations, and the overlaps with other social movements. It concludes that in light of the diversity of the environmental movement, global environmentalism was a myth, though probably a helpful one.


Environmental Issue Social Movement National Park Nature Protection Environmental History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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