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Resurrecting the Granary of Rome Environmental History and French Colonial Expansion in North Africa

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ISBN-10: 0821417525

ISBN-13: 9780821417522

Edition: 2007

Authors: Diana K. Davis

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 6/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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