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X-Posted from H-NET List for Environmental History <H-ENVIRONMENT@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Gregory Dehler <gregdehler@COMCAST.NET> ------- QUERY From: Ingrid Hartmann <email@example.com> Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 19:48:39 +0000 Dear all, I was wondering if anyone knows, if there are maps or literature references on soil degradation caused in colonial times. Best regards Ingrid Hartmann, Ethiopian cultural Heritage Project ------- REPLY 1 Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 00:49:12 +0000 From: Gregory Dehler <gregdehler@COMCAST.NET> From: Paul Hirt <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 21:00:04 +0000 Here is a reply to Ingrid Hartmann's query from my ASU colleague Susan Gray: There's a lot of stuff if she simply combs through the social and economic history of the colonies. For example, both William Cronon and Timothy Silver deal with soil degradation as a consequence of colonial farming practices. Timothy Breen, in Tobacco Culture, also deals with this in describing the transition of some Virginians to wheat growing around the time of the Revolution. These are all general accounts in which the science is not prominent. A new book that is both intensely local and longitudinal and mixes both the social history (whew!) is Brian Donahue's The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord. I think it's terrific. Susan Gray Department of History Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287-4302 email@example.com ------- REPLY 2 Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 00:53:11 +0000 From: Gregory Dehler <gregdehler@COMCAST.NET> From: "Gary B. Blank" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "H-NET List for Environmental History" <H-ENVIRONMENT@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Subject: Re: soil degradation through colonialism Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 00:57:23 +0000 Ingrid, A classic study, and the only one I know of that includes the colonial period, is the following, but it obviously covers past the colonial period: Trimble, S.W. 1974. Man-induced soil erosion on the southern piedmont 1700-1970. Soil Cons. Soc. of America. Washington, D.C. 180 pp. Gary B. Blank, Ph.D. Associate & Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Dept of Forestry & Environmental Resources North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-8002 ------- REPLY 3 Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 00:54:03 +0000 From: Gregory Dehler <gregdehler@COMCAST.NET> From: "jack Stillwell" <email@example.com> To: "'Gregory Dehler'" <gregdehler@COMCAST.NET> Subject: Soil erosion and colonialism Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 01:09:52 +0000 Blaikie, Piers. The Political Economy of Soil Erosion in Developing Countries; Longman Development Studies, ed. DJ. Dwyer. Harlow, England, U.K. New York, NY: Longman Scientific & Technical John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1985. ------- REPLY 4