Green Land, Brown Land, Black Land An Environmental History of Africa, 1800-1990

ISBN-10: 0325000964
ISBN-13: 9780325000961
Edition: 1999
Authors: James C. McCann
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Book details

List price: $38.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 4/19/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.20" wide x 9.20" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

James C. McCann provides a synthesis of evidence and a narrative of Africa's evironmental history over the past two centuries. In a book readily accessible to undergraduates and nonspecialists, Professor McCann argues that far from being pristine and primordial spaces, Africa's landscapes were created by human activity. This argument contrasts strongly with the idealized notions of an African Eden commonly held in the West and in Africa itself. It also confronts more recent alarm about degradation of Africa's natural and human resources by examining the historical evidence of environmental change. Key topics within the book are the effects of population growth, disease, agricultural change, the state of natural resources, and the changing role of the state in how Africans have managed and changed their own landscapes.

James C. McCann is Professor of History and Associate Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University.

Introduction
Patterns of History Africa's Physical World Environment and History in Africa
Africa's Historical Landscapes Desert Lands, Human Hands A Tale of Two Forests: Narratives of Deforestation in Ethiopia, 1840-1996
Food in the Forest: Biodiversity, Food Systems, and Human Settlement in Ghana's Upper Guinea Forest, 1000-1990
Soil Matters: Erosion and Empire in Greater Lesotho, 1830-1990
Epilogue: Africa's Environmental Future as Past

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