Resurrecting the Granary of Rome Environmental History and French Colonial Expansion in North Africa
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Tales of deforestation and desertification in North Africa have been told from the Roman period to the present. Such stories of environmental decline in the Maghreb are still recounted by experts and are widely accepted without question today. International organizations such as the United Nations frequently invoke these inaccurate stories to justify environmental conservation and development projects in the arid and semiarid lands in North Africa and around the Mediterranean basin. Recent research in arid lands ecology and new paleoecological evidence, however, do not support many claims of deforestation, overgrazing, and desertification in this region. Diana K. Davisrsquo;s pioneering…
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 6/15/2007
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Preface and Acknowledgments|
|Imperial Stories and Empirical Evidence|
|Nature, Empire, and Narrative Origins, 1830-48|
|Idealism, Capitalism, and the Development of the Narrative, 1848-70|
|The Triumph of the Narrative, 1871-1918|
|Narrative, Science, Policy, and Practice, 1919 to Independence|
|Decolonization, the Colonial Narrative, and Environmental Policy Today|
|Note on the Geography and Ecology of the Maghreb|