This Fissured Land  - An Ecological History of India

This Fissured Land - An Ecological History of India

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Author: Madhav Gadgil
Ramachandra Guha/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 274
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195633415


This book presents an interpretative ecological history of the Indian subcontinent. Written lucidly and without jargon, 'This Fissured Land' is a hugely informative eye-opener for anyone with an interest in ecological issues.

The focus is on the use and abuse of forest resources, a sector to which the authors have each devoted years of research. In the first part, the authors present a general theory of ecological history. Part Two provides a fresh interpretative history of pre-modern India. Here the authors give an ecological interpretation of the caste system. In Part Three, the authors draw upon a huge wealth of source material in their socio-ecological analysis of the modes of resources use introduced into India by the British.


This book will certainly take it place on the shelf when large portions of ecological history of the globe are being plotted out. It is a book for the general reader rather than the expert, although we are in expert hands. - E P Thompson, in ' Trends in Ecology and Evolution'

This book is a breath of fresh air, . Easy, engrossing reading. - The Book Review


MADHAV GADGIL is Professor of Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

RAMACHANDRA GUHA is a full-time writer. He is the author of The Unquiet Woods' and 'Savaging the Civilized'.