The Rise of Conservation in South Africa: Settlers, Livestock, and the Environment 1770-1950

The Rise of Conservation in South Africa: Settlers, Livestock, and the Environment 1770-1950

by William Beinart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199261512

ISBN-13: 9780199261512

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is a major and innovative contribution to the environmental history of settler societies and of South Africa. The Cape, like Australia, became a major exporter of wool. Vast numbers of sheep flooded its semi-arid plains and rapidly transformed its fragile natural pastures. This book analyses the development of conservationalist ideas over the long term in

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This is a major and innovative contribution to the environmental history of settler societies and of South Africa. The Cape, like Australia, became a major exporter of wool. Vast numbers of sheep flooded its semi-arid plains and rapidly transformed its fragile natural pastures. This book analyses the development of conservationalist ideas over the long term in South Africa as a response to these problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199261512
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Lists of Figures, Illustrations, Tables, and Maps
Introduction: Livestock Farming and Environmental Regulation at the Cape
1. Scientific Travellers, Colonists, and Africans: Chains of Knowledge and the Cape Vernacular, 1770-1850
2. Defining the Problems: Colonial Science and the Origins of Conservation at the Cape 1770-1860
3. Fire, Vegetation Change, and Pastures 1860-1880
4. Vets, Viruses, and Environmentalism in the 1870s and 1880s
5. Water, Irrigation, and the State 1880-1930
6. The Night of the Jackal: Sheep, Pastures, and Predators 1890-1930
7. Drought, Conservation, and Nationalism: the Career of H. S. du Toit 1900-1940
8. Prickly Pear in the Cape: Useful Plants and Invaders in the Livestock Economy 1890-1950
9. 'The Farmer as a Conservationalist': Sidney Rubidge at Wellwood, Graaff-Reinet 1913-1952
10. Debating Conservation in the African Areas of the Cape 1920-1950
11. Postscript: Debating Degradation over the Long Term: Animals, Veld, and Conservation
Bibliographical Note
Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources
Index

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