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This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India

  • 20th anniversary of initial publication
  • Unique collaboration between eminent ecologist and well-known sociologist and historian
  • Second edition includes new preface by authors

By: Madhav Gadgil(Author), Ramachandra Guha(Author)

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Aug 2014 | Edition: 2 | #196531 | ISBN-13: 9780198077442
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About this book

This Fissured Land, first published in 1992, presents an interpretative ecological history of the Indian subcontinent. It offers a theory of ecological prudence and profligacy, testing this theory across the wide sweep of South Asian history. This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India especially focuses on the use and abuse of forest resources. In Part One, the authors present a general theory of ecological history. Part Two provides a fresh interpretative history of pre-modern India along with an ecological interpretation of the caste system. In Part Three, the authors draw upon a huge wealth of source material in their socio-ecological analysis of the modes of resource use introduced in India by the British.

The second edition comes with a new preface by the authors.


Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
Prologue: Prudence and Profligacy

PART ONE: A THEORY OF ECOLOGICAL HISTORY
1. Habitats in Human History

PART TWO: TOWARDS A CULTURAL ECOLOGY OF PRE-MODERN INDIA
2. Forest and Fire
3. Caste and Conservation

PART THREE: ECOLOGICAL CHANGE AND SOCIAL CONFLICT IN MODERN INDIA
4. Conquest and Control
5. The Fight for the Forest
6. Biomass for Business
7. Competing Claims on the Commons
8. Cultures in Conflict

Bibliography
Index


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Biography

Madhav Gadgil is former Professor of Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Ramachandra Guha is one of India's best-known historians, and a full-time author and columnist.

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