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This book has been written after two decades of research and gives the readers a comparative history of environmentalism in India and the United States.
Summary of the Book
India and the United States are ecologically and culturally diverse democracies that have different histories when it comes to the preservation of their environment. Ramachandra Guha, the author of this book, talks about the environmental philosophies in these two countries: agrarianism in India and wilderness thinking in the United States. The book provides a social ecology framework that is a step above these ideologies. He comes down to a richer understanding of controversies concerning large dams, state forests and wildlife reserves. He has criticized the supporters of conservation who fight for the conservation of biospheres that care for humans and other species. He has also packed in the profiles of three impressive environmental thinkers and activists: Lewis Mumford, Chandi Prasad Bhatt, and Madhav Gadgil. In the end, the author has asked readers how much they think they should consume.
About Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha is an Indian historian and writer. His areas of interest in research include: environmental, social, political and cricket history. He has contributed to academic magazines, and has written for The Caravan and Outlook magazines. He got his Master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics.
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Ramachandra Guha has taught at Stanford and Yale universities. He has been a Sundaraja Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, and Indo-American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. A pioneer in the field of environmental history, he i...View More
Ramachandra Guha has taught at Stanford and Yale universities. He has been a Sundaraja Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, and Indo-American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. A pioneer in the field of environmental history, he is the author of The Unquiet Woods (University of California Press), among other books. His work on modern Indian history, India after Gandhi (Ecco) has been critically acclaimed. His essays have been widely anthologized and translated. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2009.
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May 8, 2012
Understanding the complexities of environmental problemsThis is a great book by Ram Guha. He introduces reader to the details of a complex topic. First describing what environmentalism means, how environmentalism in India is different than that of the US, how is India's environmentalism is related to survival of peasants, Guha finally makes the reader aware of the nature of environmental problems and portraying a relation between consumption of materials and environmentalism.
Mar 12, 2014
A Good View of EnvironmentalismThis book by Guha provides a glance to the evolution of environmentalism and environmental movements. It is an interesting read for those who would like to know about the relevance of consumption towards attaining sustainability.
Mar 23, 2013
Timeline of environmentalism captured very lucidlyThe book is a comprehensive summary of comparative history of environmentalism in India and the US focusing on the major strands of the movement. I loved how it traced environmental thinking in India to the works of Dietrich Brandis, Patrick Geddes and Lewis Mumford in the middle nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This is a short easy read, no high intellectual prowess required but really helps one in contextualizing the environmental movement.