South Asia: An Environmental History, 1st Edition

  • Christopher V. Hill
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  • ISBN-10: 1851099263
  • ISBN-13: 9781851099269
  • DDC: 304.20954
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 329 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

From the early Indus civilization, named after the river system in which it was located, through invasions from Asia and Europe to the division of India and Pakistan in 1947, and finally the human tragedy caused by the tsunami of December 2004, the people of South Asia have influenced, and been influenced by, their ecological surroundings in many ways.

Ranging from prehistory to the present and encompassing the whole of South Asia, this new volume offers the first chronological history of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka from the perspective of the crucial reciprocal relationship between humankind and the environment.

South Asia: An Environmental History shows how the civilizations of this geographically diverse region were formed (physically, ethically, and culturally) by their interactions with the environment - a relationship with particularly strong social and spiritual dimensions because of the interdependence of the predominantly agrarian population and the land. Specific topics range from ancient irrigation techniques and peasant adaptation to the environment, to the impact of imperialism on nature, the effect of post-colonial technology on contemporary life, and the enduring influence of religion on the way South Asian societies address ecological issues.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Series Foreword.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: The Environmental Setting.
2: The Indus Civilization and the Aryan Impact.
3: The Mauryan Empire and the Classical Age.
4: Imperial Interlude.
5: The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Empire.
6: Company Rule.
7: Imperium, 1858-1947.
8: Sri Lanka and Nepal in the Modern Era.
9: Independence and Partition.
10: South Asia Since 1947.
11: Conclusion.
12: Case Studies.
13: Important People, Events, and Concepts.
Chronology.
Bibliographic Essay.
Bibliography.
Glossary.
About the Author.
Index.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Series Foreword.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: The Environmental Setting.
2: The Indus Civilization and the Aryan Impact.
3: The Mauryan Empire and the Classical Age.
4: Imperial Interlude.
5: The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Empire.
6: Company Rule.
7: Imperium, 1858-1947.
8: Sri Lanka and Nepal in the Modern Era.
9: Independence and Partition.
10: South Asia Since 1947.
11: Conclusion.
12: Case Studies.
13: Important People, Events, and Concepts.
Chronology.
Bibliographic Essay.
Bibliography.
Glossary.
About the Author.
Index.