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Water on Sand Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa

ISBN-10: 0199768668

ISBN-13: 9780199768660

Edition: 2012

Authors: Alan Mikhail

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From Morocco to Iran and the Black Sea to the Red, Water on Sand rewrites the history of the Middle East and North Africa from the Little Ice Age to the Cold War. As the first holistic environmental history of the region over the last half millennium, it shows the intimate connections between peoples and environments and how these relationships shaped political, economic, and social history in startling and unforeseen ways. Nearly all political powers in the region based their rule on the management and control of natural resources, and nearly all individuals were in constant communion with the natural world. To grasp how these multiple histories were central to the pasts of the Middle East and North Africa, the chapters in this book evidence the power of environmental history to open up new avenues of historical research and understanding.Water on Sand furthermore traces how the Middle East and North Africa deeply affected the global histories of climate, disease, trade, energy, environmental politics, ecological manipulation, and much more. Lying at the intersection of three continents and as many seas, the Middle East has obviously been central to world history for millennia. Studying the ecological implications of these global connections, both for the region itself and for the rest of the world, helps to bring the Middle East and North Africa into global history and to show how the region must be an essential part of any understanding of the environments of Eurasia over the last five hundred years.Deeply researched, globally comparative, and highly provocative, Water on Sand represents both a new kind of Middle Eastern history and a new kind of environmental history.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction-Middle East Environmental History: The Fallow between Two Fields
The Eccentricity of the Middle East and North Africa's Environmental History
History and Animal Energy in the Arid Zone
The Little Ice Age Crisis of the Ottoman Empire: A Conjuncture in Middle East Environmental History
Fish and Fishermen in Ottoman Istanbul
Plague and Environment in Late Ottoman Egypt
Through an Ocean of Sand: Pastoralism and the Equestrian Culture of the Eurasian Steppe
Enclosing Nature in North Africa: National Parks and the Politics of Environmental History
Building the Past: Rockscapes and the Aswan High Dam in Egypt
The Rise and Decline of Environmentalism in Lebanon
State of Nature: The Politics of Water in the Making of Saudi Arabia
Expanding the Nile's Watershed: The Science and Politics of Land Reclamation in Egypt
Bibliography
Index