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The rise of conservation in South Africa : settlers, livestock, and the environment 1770-1950

Author: William Beinart
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a major contribution to the environmental history of settler societies and of South Africa. The Cape, like Australia, became a major exporter of wool. Vast numbers of sheep flooded its semi-arid plains and rapidly transformed its fragile natural pastures. This book analyses the development of conservationalist ideas over the long term in South Africa as a response to these problems." "Readership: scholars  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Beinart
ISBN: 0199261512 9780199261512
OCLC Number: 52327522
Description: xx, 425 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Livestock Farming and Environmental Regulation at the Cape --
Scientific Travellers, Colonists, and Africans: Chains of Knowledge and the Cape Vernacular, 1770-1850 --
Defining the Problems: Colonial Science and the Origins of Conservation at the Cape, 1770-1860 --
Fire, Vegetation Change, and Pastures, 1860-1880 --
Vets, Viruses, and Environmentalism in the 1870s and 1880s --
Water, Irrigation, and the State, 1880-1930 --
The Night of the Jackal: Sheep, Pastures, and Predators, 1890-1930 --
Drought, Conservation, and Nationalism: The Career of H.S. du Toit, 1890-1930 --
Prickly Pear in the Cape: Useful Plants and Invaders in the Livestock Economy, 1890-1950 --
'The Farmer as a Conservationist': Sidney Rubidge at Wellwood, Graaff-Reinet, 1913-1952 --
Debating Conservation in the African Areas of the Cape, 1920-1950 --
Postscript: Debating Degradation over the Long Term: Animals, Veld, and Conservation.
Responsibility: William Beinart.
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Traces debates about environmental degradation in successive eras of South African history. This work offers a reinterpretation of South Africa's economic development, and of aspects of the Cape  Read more...

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