This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India

Paperback | November 19, 2012

byGadgil, Madhav, Ramachandra Guha

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This Fissured Land, first published in 1992, presents an interpretative history 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. The book especially focuses on the use andabuse 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 materialin 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.

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This Fissured Land, first published in 1992, presents an interpretative history 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. The book especially focuses on the use andabuse of forest resources. In Part One, the...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:November 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077440

ISBN - 13:9780198077442

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Preface to the Second EditionAcknowledgementsPrologue: Prudence and ProfligacyPart One: A Theory of Ecological History1. Habitats in Human HistoryPart Two: Towards A Cultural Ecology of Pre-Modern India2. Forest and Fire3. Caste and ConservationPart Three: Ecological Change and Social Conflict in Modern India4. Conquest and Control5. The Fight for the Forest6. Biomass for Business7. Competing Claims on the Commons8. Cultures in ConflictBibliographyIndex