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Environment and Ethnicity in India, 1200-1991 : Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society - Sumit Guha

Environment and Ethnicity in India, 1200-1991

Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society

Hardcover Published: 28th July 1999
ISBN: 9780521640787
Number Of Pages: 234

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Drawing on a rich collection of sources, Sumit Guha's book reconstructs the history of the forest communities in western India to explore questions of tribal identity and the environment. In so doing, he demonstrates how the ideology of indigenous cultures, developed in recent years out of the notion of a pure and untouched ethnicity, is in fact rooted in nineteenth-century racial and colonial anthropology. As a challenge to this view, the author traces the processes by which the apparently immutable identities of South Asian populations took shape, and how these populations interacted politically, economically and socially with civilizations outside their immediate vicinity. While such theories have been discussed by scholars of South East Asia and Africa, this is the first time that the South Asian case has been examined. Sumit Guha's penetrating and controversial critique will make a significant contribution to that literature.

"...a significant contribution to knowledge of a heretofore thinly researched aspect of South Asian history and development." Choice "...this book is a major contribution to the historiography of South Asia." The Historian

'Rama, Sita and Lukshmana in the forest'
List of maps
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Glossary
List of abbreviations
Introduction
From the archaeology of mind to the archaeology of matter
Subsistence and predation at the margins of cultivation
State formation in the highland forests, 1350-1800
The peoples of the Sahyadri under Marathas and British
The central Indian forest from Mughal suzerainty to British control
The central Indian forest under early British rule
Identity and aspiration: not noble savage but savage noble
The high colonial period and after: new patterns of authority and power
From sanctuaries to safeguards: policies and politics in twentieth-century India
Conclusion
Afterword
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521640787
ISBN-10: 0521640784
Series: Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 28th July 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.48