Tuesday, June 09, 2009
New in HOORC's Library: desertification and culture
The gardens of their dreams : desertification and culture in world history by Brian Griffith looks at how the great civilizations in the original "green lands" of North Africa, Ancient Egypt, the Middle East, South Asia, and China responded and changed under the pressure of people fleeing growing environmental degradation in the surrounding deserts. This cultural history of the deserts of Africa and Asia shows how the expanding wasteland fundamentally reshaped people's images of nature, women, politics, and religion. You can find the book in HOORC's Library.