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The Gardens of their Dreams: Desertification and Culture in World History

By: Brian Griffith

368 pages, Maps

Zed Books

Paperback | Aug 2001 | #122972 | ISBN: 185649800X
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $25/€24 approx
Hardback | Aug 2001 | #122971 | ISBN: 1856497992
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About this book

Cultural history of the remorseless spread of the desert from Africa through the Middle East and South Asia to the Great Wall of China.


Contents

Introduction - the cultural effects of desertification; the end of the Green Sahara; women's place in the desert; the devil's environment; warlords and the politics of scarcity; tribes without nature in common; desertification and culture in Egypt; South Asia's desert and forest heritage; the impact of dessication on China; two-legged locusts and saints in North Africa; ancient Europe's encounter with the desert; the age of desert civilization in Europe; from "the book of desert wisdom" to the book of "nature". Epilogue - "this place will never become a desert".

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