A Forest History of India

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This collection of articles by noted environmental historian Richard P. Tucker is an attempt to trace Indian forest history from the colonial era to its post-Independence legacy. It is a study of the evolution of forest policy at the national level, in counterpoint with management at the provincial and local levels, primarily in the Himalayan districts. Written mostly in the 1980s and 1990s, these articles were among the first environmental history studies in India and contribute significantly to the ...

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Overview

This collection of articles by noted environmental historian Richard P. Tucker is an attempt to trace Indian forest history from the colonial era to its post-Independence legacy. It is a study of the evolution of forest policy at the national level, in counterpoint with management at the provincial and local levels, primarily in the Himalayan districts. Written mostly in the 1980s and 1990s, these articles were among the first environmental history studies in India and contribute significantly to the understanding of the colonial legacy for post-Independence management of India’s natural resources.

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Current Science
[The book] deepens our understanding of India’s environment history within the broader analytical and global contest…The book is a useful reference for scholars of environment history in India as a compilation of a set of the author’s main publications from the region.
Ramachandra Guha
A wide-ranging and valuable collection of essays from a pioneering historian of tropical forestry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788132106937
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/30/2011
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard P Tucker is Adjunct Professor of World Environmental History at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, USA. He is a specialist on the environmental history of India, which is a progression of his earlier work on the freedom movement in Maharashtra. His first book was Ranade and the Roots of Indian Nationalism (1977). Recently, he has studied the global neoimperial impacts of the United States in Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World (2000). He is presently the coordinator of an international network on the environmental impacts of war and mass violence; his first work in this area was co-edited with Edmund Russell, Natural Enemy, Natural Ally: Toward an Environmental History of War (2004).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter I Forest Management and Imperial Politics: Thana District, Bombay, 1823-1887 1

Chapter II The Forests of the Western Himalayas: The Legacy of British Colonial Administration 35

Chapter III The British Colonial System and the Forests of the Western Himalayas, 1815-1914 60

Chapter IV The Historical Context of Social Forestry in the Kumaon Himalayas 92

Chapter V The Evolution of Transhumant Grazing in the Punjab Himalaya 115

Chapter VI The British Empire and India's Forest Resources: The Timberlands of Assam and Kumaon, 1914-1950 142

Chapter VII The Depletion of India's Forests under British Imperialism: Planters, Foresters, and Peasants in Assam and Kerala 166

Chapter VIII The Commercial Timber Economy under Two Colonial Regimes in Asia 191

Chapter IX Resident Peoples and Wildlife Reserves in India: The Prehistory of a Strategy 204

Chapter X Non-timber Forest Products Policy in the Western Himalayas under British Rule 217

Index 242

About the Author 249

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