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South Africa’s Environmental History

Cases and Comparisons (Ecology & History)

Stephen Dovers, Ruth Edgecombe (Contributions by), Bill Guest (Contributions by), Stephen Dovers (Editor), Ruth Edgecombe (Editor), Bill Guest (Editor)


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Environmental history in southern Africa has only recently come into its own as a distinct field of historical inquiry. While natural resources lie at the heart of all environmental history, the field opens the door to a wide range of inquiries, several of which are pioneered in this collection.

South Africa’s Environmental History offers a series of local and particular studies followed by more general commentary and comparative studies.

The contributors include Sean Archer, William Beinart, Jane Carruthers, Beverley Ellis, Bill Guest, Nancy Jacobs, Elna Kotze, John Lambert, Gregory H. Maddox, John McAllister, John McNeill, S. Ravi Rajan, Jabulani Sithole, Georgina Thompson, Lance van Sittert, and Harald Witt.

Praise For South Africa’s Environmental History: Cases and Comparisons (Ecology & History)

"A worthwhile and rewarding read for anyone interested in environmental history, and not only that of South Africa."—International Journal of African Historical Studies

Ohio University Press, 9780821414989, 329pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003

About the Author

Stephen Dovers is a senior fellow at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Ruth Edgecombe was a professor of historical studies at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Bill Guest has recently retired as professor of historical studies at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.