This reader provides a multilayered analysis of different aspects of history, politics, economy and its interface with environment and ecology in early India. One of the first anthologies on the subject, it also examines the linkage between the environmental and agrarian histories of colonial times. Thematically organized, the volume has five sections. The first focuses on forests, deforestation, tribes, and states. The next discusses land grants, settlements, and rural landscape. The third examines water resources, irrigation, agricultural expansion and how it interacted with folk culture and religion and Brahmanical tradition. The fourth section explores pastoralism, ecology, and society. It also studies rise of states, agrarian production and economy. The final section explores ecology in literature and religion. A detailed introduction surveys the historiography and key debates in the environmental history of early India and highlights the areas for further research.
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Nandini Sinha Kapur is Director, School of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies, IGNOU.
This book, which provides an overview of earlier research on India's environment, should be included in every university library collection. Christopher Key Chapple, Journal of the American Oriental Society 132.3
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 2011. The last decade has seen a spurt of writings on environmental history However a history of early India has rarely been constructed from this perspective One of the first anthologies on the subject this reader presents a comprehensive survey of environmental history in ancient and early medieval India It examines significant aspects of early Indian society and state and their relationship with the natural environment Presenting a multidimensional analysis this volume discusses various aspects of the history of the environment in early and early medieval India like deforestation agricultural expansion settlement patterns and royal sanctions and charters related to forests; development of irrigation and water resources; significance of marginal communities and the impact of Puranic religion on topography; pastoralism and agrarian economy; botany and plant sciences in ancient India. Nº de ref. de la librería 91249