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With Broadax and Firebrand The Destruction of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

ISBN-10: 0520208862
ISBN-13: 9780520208865
Edition: 1997
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Description: Warren Dean chronicles the chaotic path to what could be one of the greatest natural disasters of modern times: the disappearance of the Atlantic Forest. A quarter the size of the Amazon Forest, and the most densely populated region in Brazil, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/10/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 502
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Warren Dean chronicles the chaotic path to what could be one of the greatest natural disasters of modern times: the disappearance of the Atlantic Forest. A quarter the size of the Amazon Forest, and the most densely populated region in Brazil, the Atlantic Forest is now the most endangered in the world. It contains a great diversity of life forms, some of them found nowhere else, as well as the country's largest cities, plantations, mines, and industries. Continual clearing is ravaging most of the forested remnants. Dean opens his story with the hunter-gatherers of twelve thousand years ago and takes it up to the 1990s--through the invasion of Europeans in the sixteenth century; the ensuing devastation wrought by such developments as gold and diamond mining, slash-and-burn farming, coffee planting, and industrialization; and the desperate battles between conservationists and developers in the late twentieth century. Based on a great range of documentary and scientific resources,With Broadax and Firebrandis an enormously ambitious book. More than a history of a tropical forest, or of the relationship between forest and humans, it is also a history of Brazil told from an environmental perspective. Dean writes passionately and movingly, in the fierce hope that the story of the Atlantic Forest will serve as a warning of the terrible costs of destroying its great neighbor to the west, the Amazon Forest.

Stuart B. Schwartz is the George Burton Adams Professor of History and chair of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. His many books include "All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World".

List of Maps
Foreword
Acknowledgments
The Forest Evolves
Humans Invade: The First Wave
Humans Invade: The Second Wave
Estrangement: Depopulation and the Regrown Forest
Gold and Diamonds, Ants and Cattle
Science Discovers the Forest
The Forest Under Brazilian Rule
Coffee Dispossesses the Forest
Instruments of Devastation
Speculation and Conservation
Industrial Nomadism, Predatory Industrialism
The Development Imperative
Unsustainable Developments
Getting It Off the Paper
The Value of Bare Ground
Notes
Pronouncing Glossary
Index

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