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South Asia : an environmental history

Author: Christopher V Hill
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2008
Series: Nature and human societies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work is a chronological study of South Asia that emphasizes the effect of humans on their environment, and in return the influence of nature on the evolution of human society.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
xxii, 329 p. : ill., maps
(DLC) 2007043419
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher V Hill
ISBN: 9781780342443 1780342446 9781851099269 1851099263
OCLC Number: 759036307
Notes: 11. Conclusion.
Description: 1 online resource (108 entries) : 53 images, digital files
Contents: 1. The environmental setting --
Physical characteristics --
Climate --
Plant and animal life --
Cultural geography --
Early human activity. 2. The Indus civilization and the Aryan impact --
The Indus civilization --
South India --
The Aryan migration --
The Vedic religion --
Aryan society. 3. The Mauryan empire and the Classical age --
Buddhism and Jainism --
The Mauryan empire --
Ashoka and ecology --
Irrigation in early India --
The classical period --
Hinduism --
The decline of the Classical period. 4. Imperial interlude --
South India --
Agrarian practices in South India --
Peasant options in hydraulic South India --
Vijayanagar --
Islam --
Islam and ecology --
The advent of Islam --
The Delhi Sultanate --
Environmental change in medieval India --
The transition from medieval to early modern. 5. The rise and fall of the Mughal empire --
Akbar --
Sikhism --
The later Mughal emperors --
The decline of the Mughal empire --
The British East India Company --
Conclusion. 6. Company rule --
Utilitarianism --
Difference --
Scientific validation --
Validation, ideology, and environmental history, 1793-1857 --
Land --
Trade --
Public works --
Disease --
Education --
The 1857 Rebellion. 7. Imperium, 1858-1947 --
The new policy --
Education --
Railways --
Forests --
Public works --
Health --
Famine --
Conclusion. 8. Sri Lanka and Nepal in the modern era --
Sri Lanka --
Nepal --
The Terai --
The hill region --
The mountain region --
Conclusion. 9. Independence and partition --
World War I and the emergence of Gandhi --
Gandhi and the environment --
The environmental consequences of partition --
Partition and the Indus River system --
The partition of Bengal --
Environmental impact on Bangladesh --
Conclusion. 10. South Asia since 1947 --
Public works, industry, and commodification --
Grassroots environmental movements : the example of Chipko --
Natural disasters in independent South Asia --
Conclusion. 12. Case studies --
Case study A : The agrarian system of Mughal India --
The decline of the Mughal agrarian system --
Conclusion --
Case study B : The Permanent Settlement Act and the Kosi River --
The Kosi River --
The permanent settlement in action --
The peasant and riparian cultivation --
The Santals and the Kosi jungles --
Conclusion --
Case study C : Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement) --
The Narmada Bachao Andolan --
Conclusion --
Important people, events, and concepts --
Chronology --
Bibliographic essay --
Bibliography --
Glossay.
Series Title: Nature and human societies.
Responsibility: Christopher V. Hill.

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