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Natural premises : ecology and peasant life in the Western Himalaya, 1800-1950 /
Chetan Singh.
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Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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xx, 252 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0195642767
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imprint
Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
isbn
0195642767
general note
"Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla."
catalogue key
1812087
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [236]-242) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-01:
Singh offers a short introduction to the economic life of the people of India's Himachal (the western Himalaya range, around and above Simla) during the days of the British Empire. The author covers social organization, settlements, agriculture, pastoralism, forests, and trade. The volume is perhaps especially valuable in sorting out the various types of social order--strong and weak states, pastoralist and settled groups, high and low castes. It is also perceptive and interesting in dealing with minor products of the forests and "waste" lands--proving inter alia that the wastelands were anything but wasted. The people of Himachal emerge as sturdy, independent, relatively egalitarian compared to the plains-dwellers below, and relatively well provided with food and forest products. They were not, however, an affluent group. Contrary to the views of some romantic scholars who postulated a stable Arcadia here, conservation was a matter for complex local negotiation and regulation--at the family, village, state, and imperial level. The book only minimally treats changes over the century and a half in question. Singh is also less than concerned with details of life in the many small states of the region. Useful to anyone with a serious interest in North India's ecology or economic history. Graduate level. E. N. Anderson; University of California, Riverside
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"Useful to anyone with a serious interest in North India's ecology or economic history."--Choice
"Useful to anyone with a serious interest in North India's ecology or economic history."-- Choice
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The author describes the pervasive influence of ecology on virtually every aspect of human activity in the major areas of the Himalaya Mountains Region. He shows how a number of factors combine to sustain life in the Himalayan countryside.
Long Description
This book discusses the interaction between environment, economy, and society in a major part of the Western Himalaya. It reveals the pervasive influence of ecology on virtually every aspect of human activity in the region, and describes how numerous factors converged to sustain life in the Himalayan countryside.
Main Description
This book discusses the interaction between environment, economy, and society in a major part of the Western Himalaya. It reveals the pervasive influence of ecology on virtually every aspect of human activity in the region, and describes how numerous factors converged to sustain life in theHimalayan countryside.
Main Description
This book discusses the interaction between environment, economy, and society in a major part of the Western Himalaya. It reveals the pervasive influence of ecology on virtually every aspect of human activity in the region, and describes how numerous factors converge to sustain life in the Himalayan countryside.
Table of Contents
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Abbreviations
Glossary of Local Terms
Glossary of Local Terms for Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Agricultural Crops
Introductionp. 1
Environment, Territoriality and the Statep. 6
Assembling Permanence: Settlements and Agriculturep. 39
Intermediate Spaces: The Wealth of Wastesp. 91
Permanence of Mobility: Extended Bonds of Pastoralismp. 117
Harnessing the Wilderness: Forests and the Use of Natural Resourcesp. 141
Intricacies of Exchange: Markets and Money in a Peasant Societyp. 175
The Social Responsep. 206
Epiloguep. 231
Select Bibliographyp. 236
Indexp. 243
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