Forests and Ecological History of Assam

Hardcover | March 7, 2011

byArupjyoti Saikia

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This book presents a comprehensive account of the transformation of Assam's forests and ecology from the colonial times to the present. It examines the role of British intervention and imperial forestry practices highlighting the changes in traditional resource utilization patterns. The volumeexplores the question of law and conservation; role of institutions and organizations; and the changing role of the forests in imperial economy. It shows how current ecological conflicts are intricately located in the colonial era when forests, land and resource based conflicts began to take newshape. The author also discusses plantations, silvicultural practices, questions of protection and regeneration; and livelihood practices. He shows how the making of forest policy in the post-colonial period was defined more by the complexities of the political matrix. The book also engages with publicdebates surrounding ecology and environment and examines changes in conservation practices after the 1980 Act. This book will interest scholars and students of modern Indian history and environmental studies particularly those concerned with northeast India.

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This book presents a comprehensive account of the transformation of Assam's forests and ecology from the colonial times to the present. It examines the role of British intervention and imperial forestry practices highlighting the changes in traditional resource utilization patterns. The volumeexplores the question of law and conservati...

Arupjyoti Saikia is Assistant Professor in History in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:March 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198069537

ISBN - 13:9780198069539

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Mapping and Imagining Forests: From Mercantilism to Imperial Forestry2. Conservation, Spatial Order, and New Landscape3. Regional Forest: Institutions and Organizations4. Forests in Assam: Merchant Trade to Imperial Economy5. Science in the Forests: Rethinking Conservation6. From Game to Wildlife Conservation: Redefining Conservation7. Livelihood Practices and Dynamics of Forest Conservation8. The Political ForestsSelect BibliographyIndex