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Eroding the Commons: The Politics of Ecology in Baringo, Kenya, 1890s-1963 (Eastern African Studies)by David M. Anderson
Synopses & Reviews
Colonial Baringo was largely unnoticed until drought and localized famine in the mid-1920s led to claims that its crisis was brought on by overcrowding and livestock mismanagement. In response to the alarm over erosion, the state embarked on a program for rehabilitation, conservation, and development.
Eroding the Commons examines Baringo's efforts to contend with the problems of erosion and describes how they became a point of reference for similar programs in British Africa, especially as rural development began to encompass goals beyond economic growth and toward an accelerated transformation of African society. It provides an excellent focus for the investigation of the broader evolution of colonial ideologies and practices of development.
Book News Annotation:
Anderson (history, U. of London, UK) draws on extensive research of primary sources to tell the complex story of environmental use in the Baringo area of Kenya before and after British colonial intervention. The book's first half describes the people of the area and the history of their use of the environment, particularly for the grazing of livestock by Tungen herders after 1900. The development programs of the British, based on what Anderson suggests were mistaken notions about why the land was degraded, are described at length in the second half. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
David M. Anderson is a historian at St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Eroding the Commons, co-editor of Revealing Prophets, and The Poor Are Not Us.
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