Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)
Anker 10.1017:9781108763851.pdf (5.11 MB)

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

Download (5.11 MB)
posted on 2021-03-17, 15:41 authored by Peder Anker

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.

The Power of the Periphery brings together the Norwegian history of anthropology, philosophy, theology, environmental studies, management, geology, and economics.


New York University as part of the TOME initiative


Publication date


ISBN (Open Access)


ISBN (Print - Cloth)


ISBN (Ebook For Sale)


Imprint Name

Studies in Environment and History

Publisher Name

Cambridge University Press