Elisabeth Tamm and Elin WägnerPeace with the Earth

 

 

‘Peace on Earth and a new and peaceful relationship with the Earth are inseparable.’

The pamphlet Peace with the Earth (Fred med Jorden) was published by the Swedish suffragettes and peace activists Elisabeth Tamm and Elin Wägner in 1940, after the outbreak of the Second World War. Elisabeth Tamm (1880–1958) served as one of the first women in parliament and was an organic farmer. Elin Wägner (1882–1949) worked as a writer and activist on matters of women’s rights, peace, and ecology, and was a member of the Swedish Academy. The authors’ observations and proposals connect questions of agriculture to those of custody of land and habitats, where the ‘arrogant desire’ to own land must be overcome.

This English translation enables a wider access to the informed and lively debate on ecology, agriculture, and relations to land, as it was raised by feminists, ecologists and peace activists in Scandinavia during the first half of the 20th century. The arguments that are put forward in the pamphlet Peace with the Earth are even more relevant today, as they bring depth to pressing issues regarding the collapse of ecosystems caused by over-intensive farming methods.

Peace with the Earth is part of a series of publications that investigate agricultural narrative and practice initiated by artist, writer and curator Åsa Sonjasdotter. The first book in the series, Peace with the Earth – Tracing Agricultural Memory – Refiguring was published by Archive Books in 2019.