Himalayan Degradation: Colonial Forestry and Environmental Change in India (Culture and Environment of South Asia Series)

By: Dhirendra Datt Dangwal

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Himalayan Degradation, Colonial Forestry and Environmental Change in India questions the recent trend of treating environmental and agrarian concerns as two separate domains. In this aspect, the book goes beyond the existing framework of environmental history that focuses only on the study of state policies and debates over redefining rights and examining protests. The author makes a careful study of the larger rural economy, emphasising the changing significance of pastoralism, trade and foraging in the life of the common people. He links forest degradation and environmental change to socioeconomic transformation. The introduction of ‘scientific forestry' in the late nineteenth century transformed forests into a profitable resource for commercial purposes. Forests were overexploited, which resulted in wider ecological changes in the Himalaya . Underlining the centrality of forests and mountain resources to the livelihood and culture of the people of Uttarakhand, the book subjects the notion of sustainable management of forests to close scrutiny. The book will be of interest to historians, environmentalists, policy-makers, social scientists and general readers. Contents Preface List of Tables, Maps, and Illustrations Acknowledgements Abbreviations Glossary Chapter 1: Introduction Part I: Nature and Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century Chapter 2: The Context: Society at the Onset of the Colonial Rule Chapter 3: The Changing Agrarian Environment Chapter 4: The Changing Attitude of the State Towards Forests Part II: Scientific Forestry, Forest Management and Environmental Change Chapter 5: Scientific Forestry and Social Control: Regulating Access to Forests Chapter 6: The New Forest Regime and Restructuring of the Livestock Economy Chapter 7: Commercialisation of Forests, Unsustainable Timber Extraction and Deforestation Chapter 8: The Myth of Sustainability and the Fate of Forests Chapter 9: Separating Farms from Forests: Collapsing of the Hill Economy Chapter 10: Conclusion: Unravelling the Crisis Afterthoughts: From Desperation to Hope Bibliography Index. Printed Pages: 332.

Title: Himalayan Degradation: Colonial Forestry and Environmental Change in India (Culture and Environment of South Asia Series)

Author Name: Dhirendra Datt Dangwal

Categories: Himalayas, India,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Foundation Books: 2008

ISBN: 8175966319

ISBN 13: 9788175966314

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 155 x 235 Mm

Seller ID: 025168

Keywords: Himalayan Degradation India Himalayas