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Highland Sanctuary: Environmental History in Tanzania's Usambara Mountains

By: Christopher A Conte

215 pages, B/w photos, tabs

Ohio University Press

Paperback | Jan 2004 | #148047 | ISBN: 0821415549
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Hardback | Jan 2004 | #148046 | ISBN: 0821415530
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For More Than A Century, The World has recognized the extraordinary biological diversity of the forests of Tanzania' s Usambara Mountains. As international attention has focused on forest conservation, farmers, foresters, biologists, and the Tanzanian state have realized that only complex negotiations will save these treasured, but rapidly disappearing, landscapes. This title unravels the complex interactions among agriculture, herding, forestry, the colonial state, and the landscape itself. In his examination of the region' s history of ecological transformation, Conte demonstrates how these forces have combined to create an ever-changing mosaic of forest and field. His study illuminates the debate over conservation, arguing that contingency and chance, the stuff of human history, have shaped forests in ways that rival the power of nature. In the book, the forest becomes part of human history, rather than something outside of it. Highland Sanctuary cuts through a legacy of contention and ill will to inform contemporary conservation initiatives.

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Christopher A. Conte is an associate professor of history at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he teaches African and environmental history. He is the author of several articles on ecological change in East Africa's highlands.

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