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Table of Contents Illustrations Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Germany and its Autobahn A growing overlap: history of technology and environmental history Transportation history: the system of mobility 2. Landscape: the Dual Construction Physically altered landscapes Culturally altered landscapes 3. The Historical Habitat of Landscape-Friendly Roads The autobahn in environmental history Building technological landscapes on the Rhine and Neckar Reconciling nature and technology in the interwar period Alwin Seifert and Fritz Todt: a biographic constellation 4. Planning the Autobahn before and after 1933 The failed autobahn project of the interwar period Building the Nazi autobahn The place of the autobahn in the Nazi dictatorship Propagandizing the Reichsautobahn German Technology (Deutsche Technik) and the Reichsautobahn 5. Conflicts over the Harmonious Road Finding a niche for landscape architects Searching for a job description Pitting landscape architects against civil engineers Marginalizing conservation and spatial planning on the autobahn Legalizing the exclusion of conservation 6. The Myth of the Green Autobahn Road alignment as a subject of controversy "One drives faster than I can write": visual consumption on the Reichsautobahnen The flora of the Nazi autobahn: contesting native plants An ideology disintegrates: technology in the crisis of 1937 The value and cost of landscaping The landscape advocates seek power beyond the autobahn 7. Reinterpretations: the West German Autobahn, 1949 to 1970 Autobahnen and the politics of the Bonn Republic Building a federal highway system The postwar trust in numbers "An autobahn is not a hiking path": roadside plantings as safety devices Roadside greenery as a bone of public contention 8. Conclusion Bibliography and Sources Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Landscape protection -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Express highways -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Roadside improvement -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
National socialism and architecture.
Landscape architecture -- Environmental aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.