A Laboratory for the Implementation of "Wilderness" in Central Europe—The Bavarian Forest National Park


  • Bernhard Gissibl Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Germany


The Bavarian Forest National Park, situated in South-Eastern Germany along the boundary with the Czech Republic, was established as the country’s first national park in October 1970.

Author Biography

Bernhard Gissibl, Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Germany

Bernhard Gissibl is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leibniz-Institute of European History in Mainz. Before coming to Mainz, he taught at the Universities of Munich, Bremen (JU), and Mannheim, where he earned his PhD in 2009. His research areas are the history of nature and wildlife conservation in a transnational and global perspective and the environmental history of German colonialism. He is the co-editor of Civilizing Nature: National Parks in Global Historical Perspective (New York; Oxford: Berghahn, 2012, together with Sabine Höhler and Patrick Kupper), which investigates how concepts and ideas of conservation traveled across borders to become implemented in differing social, political, and ecological contexts. His forthcoming book The Nature of German Imperialism: Conservation and the Politics of Wildlife in Colonial East Africa analyzes the origins and political ecology of Tanzania’s wildlife conservation complex as it emerged in the decades of German colonial rule prior to the First World War.