African Archaeological Review

, Volume 23, Issue 3–4, pp 85–89 | Cite as

William Beinart and JoAnn McGregor (eds), Social History and African Environments

James Currey Publishers, Oxford, 2003, 275 pp. softbound, £18.85, ISBN 085255 950 X
  • Fekri A. Hassan
Book Review

Africa is often envisioned in terms of its “wilderness” and the colorful people who inhabit its grassy plains side by side with elephants, giraffes, lions and buffalos. This image of Africa is perpetuated through novels and films in sharp contrast with the images of droughts and desiccated landscapes populated by emaciated children and dead cows and camels. Our popular current conceptions of Africa are intimately bound with these two contrasting images of the African landscape and environment which are perpetuated by tourist literature, TV news and documentaries, and newspaper travel sections. Less visible to the general public is the debate on the impact of indigenous peoples on the landscape and the role of colonial practices on African habitats.

Social History and African Environmentsis a timely contribution to an understanding of the complexities of the environmental history of Africa, and the role of ideas, colonial officials, settlers and scientists, and indigenous practices in...


Indigenous People Prickly Pear Subsistence Strategy Cochineal Insect Miombo Woodland 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fekri A. Hassan
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  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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