India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh contain one-fifth of humanity, are home to many biodiversity hotspots, and are among the nations most subject to climatic stresses. By surveying their environmental history, we can gain major insights into the causes and implications of the Indian subcontinent' s current conditions. This accessible new survey begins roughly 100 million years ago, when continental drift moved India from the South Pole and across the Indian Ocean, forming the Himalayan Mountains and creating monsoons. Coverage continues to the twenty-first century, taking readers beyond independence from colonial rule. The new nations of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have produced rising populations and have stretched natural resources, even as they have become increasingly engaged with climate change. To understand the region' s current and future pressing issues, Michael H. Fisher argues that we must engage with the long and complex history of interactions among its people, land, climate, flora, and fauna.
' This sweeping study covers South Asia' s environmental past from ancient times to the contemporary period; it will now become the standard text on the subject. Fisher' s special ability to place environmental issues in larger contexts makes this book valuable to general classes on South Asian history as well as to advanced courses and professional scholarship. ' Douglas E. Haynes, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire ' This environmental history of India, from ancient times to the present, synthesizes vast amounts of research in readily accessible prose to bring public history and sophisticated scholarship into a congenial dialogue. Novices and experts alike will learn a lot from the lightly-worn erudition of the author and enjoy the smooth-flowing river of stories the book provides. ' K. Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University, Connecticut ' So, three cheers for a new book by one of the world' s most distinguished environmental historians . . . deserves a place on the shelves of secondary schools, colleges and universities throughout the English speaking Commonwealth, of which India is such an important member . . . Cambridge University Press should be congratulated for including so many excellent maps, diagrams and illustrations which make even more compelling the text of this well-written, beautifully presented but at times most chilling of books. ' Trevor Grundy, Asian Affairs
Michael H. Fisher is Danforth Professor of History, Emeritus, at Oberlin College, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books, including Migration: A World History (2013) and A Short History of the Mughal Empire (2015).
|18 Oct 2018
|Cambridge University Press
|Cambridge University Press
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