Between Ruin and Restoration (Paperback)
An Environmental History of Israel (Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822962229, 416pp.
Publication Date: January 13, 2013
Between Ruin and Restoration assembles leading experts in policy, history, and activism to address Israel’s continuing environmental transformation from the biblical era to the present and beyond, with a particular focus on the past one hundred and fifty years. The chapters also reflect passionate public debates over meeting the needs of Israel’s population and preserving its natural resources.
The chapters detail the occupations of the Ottoman Empire and British colonialists in eighteenth and nineteenth century Palestine, as well as Fellaheen and pastoralist Bedouin tribes, and how they shaped much of the terrain that greeted early Zionist settlers. Following the rise of the Zionist movement, the rapid influx of immigrants and ensuing population growth put new demands on water supplies, pollution controls, sanitation, animal populations, rangelands and biodiversity, forestry, marine policy, and desertification. Additional chapters view environmental politics nationally and internationally, the environmental impact of Israel’s military, and considerations for present and future sustainability.
About the Author
Alon Tal is associate professor in the Institute for Dryland Environmental Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in
Beer-Sheva, Israel. He is the author or editor of several books, including Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East and Speaking of Earth: Environmental Visions and Speeches.
Char Miller is director of the Environmental Analysis Program and the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College in California. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Public Lands/Public Debates: A Century of Controversy and Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History.
Praise For Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel (Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ)…
—Avner de Shalit, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
—J. Donald Hughes, University of Denver
leading environmental scholars and activists, this book is an essential read for anyone with an interest in the environmental challenges and history of Israel and the Middle East more generally.”
—Noga Morag-Levine, Michigan State University College of Law
“Highly recommended. . . with penetrating analyses of topics such as wildlife, desertification, the water crisis, urban open space, environmentalism and politics, population growth, sustainable development, and militarism and the environment. . . . This is not a large book, but it seems encyclopedic in its coverage, and it could become an important policy guide for Israel’s democracy. It can also provide ideas for other democracies, especially in arid countries. Israel’s environmental experts are happy to provide advice to other governments, because environmental diplomacy can build alliances and improve the world for everyone. Environmentalists anywhere can learn much from these accounts.”