The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the Indiaâ€™s environmental history and ways to critically examine it. Research on Indiaâ€™s environmental history continue to advance rapidly. Writings on this field have produced increasingly sophisticated analyses of key aspects of the dynamic relationships among humans, fauna, flora and the physical world. Recent scholarship have focused on wide range of issues including human animal conflict, tribal rights and commercial degradation, displacement and development, famine, disease, sedentarism, mobility, wildness and civility, and the ecology versus equity debate. This course will focus on some of the major themes in India environmental history through the early Modern and Modern period.
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Academic Complex Block F Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati, Assam, 781039