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The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya

Ramachandra Guha (Author)
Synopsis The Unquiet Woods : Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya. First published ten years ago, The Unquiet Woods is recognized as a classic of environmental history, a field it initiated in South Asia. Taking the famous Chipko movement as its point of departure, the book uncovers and analyses the century old history of forest conflict that preceded it. In its focus on the ecological basis of conflict, in its attention to the language of social protest, and in the vividness of its prose, the book constituted something of a landmark in the historiography of South Asia. For this new edition of The Unquiet Woods, Ramachandra Guha has added two freshly written sections. An epilogue deals with the movement for a separate state of Uttarakhand, viewing it as an extension of the social movements that are the subject of the book. An appendix charts the progress of environmental history in the subcontinent and suggests future directions for research. This expanded edition will be welcomed by those interested in environmental studies, the Himalaya, or South Asian history more generally. (Ramachandra Guha's books include Savaging the Civilized : Verrier Elwin,. His Tribals, and India.)
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About the author

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha is a historian and columnist based in Bangalore. He has taught at the universities of Yale, Stanford, and Oslo, and at the Indian Institute of Science. His books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (University of California Press, 1989), and an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador, 2002). India after Gandhi (Macmillan/Ecco Press, 2007) was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out and Outlook; and as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu. Guha's books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The New York Times has referred to him as "perhaps the best among India's non fiction writers"; Time Magazine has called him "Indian democracy's preeminent chronicler".

Ramachandra Guha's awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Daily Telegraph/Cricket Society prize, the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for excellence in social science research, the Ramnath Goenka Prize for excellence in journalism, and the R. K. Narayan Prize. In 2008 Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines nominated Guha as one of the world's hundred most influential intellectuals. In 2009 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

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Title The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0195658655
length xxii+244p., Map; Tables; Glossary; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.