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Book Title:Fencing the Forest: Conservation and Ecological Change in India's Central Provinces 1860-1914
Author(s):Rangarajan, Mahesh
Publisher Name:Oxford University Press
Place of Publication:Delhi
Date of Publication:1991
Annotation:Focusing on the evolution of colonial forestry policies on a provincial-level, Rangarajan considers British forest and game management and colonial cultivation practices. He takes a middle position between theorists who hold colonialism responsible for disrupting the harmonious indigenous relationship with nature and those who see colonialism as continuing environmentally destructive trends already at work in precolonial Indian societies. Acknowledging the unprecedented intrusion of the British into local modes of production, social organization, and land management, he also draws attention to the agency of local inhabitants, who had their own goals and priorities that impacted the natural environment.
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