A History of the Green Parties in Europe and Australia

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A History of the Green Parties in Europe and Australia

<p>The 1970s saw the birth of a new type of political party. One focused primarily on ecological and environmental concerns. The first and most successful national party known as the Greens (die

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The 1970s saw the birth of a new type of political party. One focused primarily on ecological and environmental concerns. The first and most successful national party known as the Greens (die Grünen) was founded in West Germany by Petra Kelly and Herbert Gruhl in 1979. But it was quickly followed by Bob Brown’s Greens in Australia, the Green Ecology Party in Sweden and Les Verts in France.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Bramwell, Anna, The Fading of the Greens: The Decline of Environmental Politics in the West (New Haven/ London: Yale University Press, 1994)
  • Brown, Bob, Memo for a Saner World (Penguin, 2004)
  • Kelly, Petra, Fighting for Hope [Um Hoffnung Kämpfen] (London: Chatto & Windus, 1984)
  • O’Neil, Michael, Green Parties and Political Change in Contemporary Europe: New Politics, Old Predicaments (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1997)
  • Richardson, Dick; Chris Rootes, eds., The Green Challenge: The Development of Green Parties in Europe (London/ New York: Routledge, Repr. 1996)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
  • The Green Party under Petra Kelly in Germany
  • Bob Brown & the Greens in Australia & Les Verts in France
  • The Green Ecology Party in Sweden & the Green Party in Great Britain
  • Review & Outlook.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the history of the Green Parties.
  2. Evaluate some causes and effects associated with environmental politics.
  3. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.