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The Gardens of their Dreams Desertification and Culture in World History

By: Brian Griffith
368 pages, Maps
Publisher: Zed Books
The Gardens of their Dreams
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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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By: Brian Griffith
368 pages, Maps
Publisher: Zed Books
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