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Studies in Environment and History

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Studies in Environment and History by Nancy J. Jacobs
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This book presents the socio-environmental history of black people around Kuruman, on the edge of the Kalahari in South Africa. Considering successive periods - Tswana agropastoral chiefdoms before colonial contact, the Cape frontier, British colonial rule, Apartheid, and the homeland of Bophuthatswana in the 1980s - Environment, Power and Injustice shows how the human relationship with the environment corresponded to differences of class, gender, and race. While exploring biological, geological, and climatological forces in history, this book argues that the challenges of existence in a semidesert arose more from human injustice than from deficiencies in the natural environment. In fact, powerful people drew strength from and exercised their power over others through the environment. At the same time, the natural world provided marginal peoples with some relief from human injustice.

Author Biography

Nancy J. Jacobs is Assistant Professor in the Department of African Studies and the Department of History at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She is a recipient of the Alice Hamilton article prize from the American Society for Environmental History.
Release date NZ
June 26th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
3 Tables, unspecified; 6 Maps; 15 Halftones, unspecified; 6 Line drawings, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
322
Dimensions
158x236x24
ISBN-13
9780521811910
Product ID
1772078

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