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Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans: Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Development and Reconciliation

First ethnobotany book on one of the most biologically and culturally diverse regions of the world
First ethnobotany linked to concrete perspectives in terms of sustainable development
First ethnobotany book based upon a broad spectrum of approaches: historical, ethnographic, linguistic, biological, medical, and nutritional

By: Andrea Pieroni (Editor), Cassandra L Quave (Editor)

453 pages, 23 colour & 20 b/w illustrations, 20 tables


Hardback | Jan 2015 | #215237 | ISBN-13: 9781493914913
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NHBS Price: £135.00 $165/€152 approx

About this book

Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans addresses recent and ongoing ethnobotanical studies in the Balkans. The book focuses on elaborating the relevance of such studies for future initiatives in this region, both in terms of sustainable and peaceful (trans-region, trans-cultural) rural development. A multi-disciplinary viewpoint is utilized, with an incorporation of historical, ethnographic, linguistic, biological, nutritional and medical perspectives. Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans is also authored by recognized scholars, who in the last decade have extensively researched the Balkan traditional knowledge systems as they pertain to perceptions of the natural world and especially plants. Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans is the first ethnobotany book on one of the most biologically and culturally diverse regions of the world and is a valuable resource for both scholars and students interested in the field of ethnobotany.


Part I. From Folk Medicine to the Medicinal Plant Trade
Chapter 1. Ethnobotany in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?
Andrea Pieroni and Cassandra L. Quave

Chapter 2. Ways the Lukomir Highlanders of Bosnia and Herzegovina Treat Diabetes
Jonathan Ferrier, Lana Šačiragić,  Eric C.H. Chen, Sabina Trakić, Ammar Saleem, Emira Alikadić, Alain Cuerrier, Michael J. Balick, John T. Arnason, and Sulejman Redžić

Chapter 3. Hungarian Ethnobotanical Studies in Romania
Nóra Papp, Kata Birkás-Frendl, Ágnes Farkas, and Dóra Czégényi

Chapter 4. Bulgarian Medical Ethnobotany: The Power of Plants in Pragmatic and Poetic Frames
Anely Nedelcheva and Stefan Draganov

Chapter 5. Cross-Cultural Ethnobotany of the Sharr Mountains (North-Western Macedonia)
Besnik Rexhepi, Behxhet Mustafa, Avni Hajdari, Jehona Rushidi-Rexhepi, Cassandra L. Quave, and Andrea Pieroni

Chapter 6. An Ethnobotanical and Ethnomedicinal Study on the Use of Wild Medicinal Plants in Rural Areas of Serbia
Snežana Jarić, Miroslava Mitrović, and Pavle Pavlović

Chapter 7. Medical Ethnobotanical Studies in Kosovo
Behxhet Mustafa and Avni Hajdari

Part II. Balkan Traditional Plant-Based Foods: Beyond the Ottoman Cuisine
Chapter 8. Wild Food Plants of Dalmatia (Croatia)
Łukasz Łuczaj, Katija Dolina, Norma Fressel, and Stjepan Perković

Chapter 9. The Use of Wild Plants for Human Nutrition During a War: Eastern Bosnia (Western Balkans)
Sulejman Redžić and Jonathan Ferrier

Chapter 10. Wild Food and Medicinal Plants Used in the Mountainous Albanian North, North-East, and East: A Comparison
Andrea Pieroni and Cassandra L. Quave

Part III.  Building Small-scale, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economies
Chapter 11. Medicinal Plants in Northern Montenegro: Traditional Knowledge, Quality, and Resources
Nebojša Menković, Katarina Šavikin, Gordana Zdunić, Slobodan Milosavljević, and Jelena Živković

Chapter 12. Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Traditional Use of Plants in Serbia in Relation to Sustainable Rural Development
Zora Dajić Stevanović, Milica Petrović, and Svetlana Aćić


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