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Against Extinction: The Story of Conservation

Concise history of wildlife conservation

By: William M Adams

311 pages, 2 b/w photos


Paperback | Dec 2004 | #143756 | ISBN: 1844070565
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | #143757 | ISBN: 1844070557
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About this book

The story of conservation from its origins in 1903, when the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire was founded in London, to the present day in which it has become a huge international enterprise. Adams also examines the ideas and issues that have driven and emerged from the practice of conservation. He is a Reader in Conservation and Development at Cambridge University.

'Fascinating.' From the Foreword by the Earl of Cranbrook, President, Fauna & Flora International 'An excellent and, often, amusing read.' IUCN 'This historic account is interesting for anyone working in conservation.' Gorilla Journal 'Conservation in the 21st century needs to be different and this book is a good indicator of why.' Bulletin of British Ecological Society 'Determinedly factual, and full of detail, with many interesting examples and case studies... This book is a major contribution towards opening conservationists eyes to another world of historical and cultural understanding.' Nature 'It vividly portrays conservation's emergence from big game hunting, the battles for the establishments of national parks, the global importance of species conservation and debates over the sustainable use of, and trade in, wildlife.' Bois and Forets des Tropiques, 2004.


The challenge of nature; good hunting; the global conservation regime; nature in its place; poachers to proprietors; two by two; the demands of development; trading nature; society with nature.

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Bill Adams is Reader in Conservation and Development at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is editor of Decolonizing Nature: strategies for conservation in a postcolonial era and author of Future Nature: a vision for conservation.

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