Language : English
Published : 1999-10-08
Pages : 176
Environmentalism: A Global History
A new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks which explore global issues and movements in their world history classes. This volume will fit into the second half of World History courses which typically cover the period from 1500 to the present century. Environmentalism: A Global History is the first genuinely global history of environmentalism. Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Africa, Guha has become one of the more provocative and perceptive commentators on environmentalism in its cross-cultural and global dimensions. Students will find this new text to be a lively and engaging study of ideas and debates that are central to our lives in the twentieth-first century.
In this important new book, High argues that poverty reduction policies are formulated and implemented in fields of desire. Drawing on psychoanalytic understandings of desire, she shows that such programs circulate around the question of what is lacking. Far from rational responses to measures of need, then, the politics of poverty are unconscious, culturally expressed, mutually contradictory, and sometimes contrary to self-interest.
Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programs, High’s account looks at implementation on the ground. While these efforts were laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the “post-rebellious” moment in contemporary Laos.
Throughout the history of China, many rulers had come and gone. Who are the ones still standing tall in the annals of history as a result of their outstanding contributions and awe-inspiring character?
These were the three Sage Kings and the Five Legendary Rulers who painstakingly laod the foundation for Chinese civilisation. They were followed by luminaries like Emperor Shihuang of the Qin Dynasty who first unified China, Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty who brought unprecedented prosperity to the land, and Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty who contributed to the progress of the sciences. All these eminent emperors had one thing in common: their love for their people.
Who are the other great sovereigns who took personal responsibility for the people’s happiness? Read on and find out!
Also check out Infamous Chinese Emperors: Tales of Tyranny and Misrule for a glimpse of 13 of China’s most notorious emperors!
A successful businessman, Lim Bo Seng became synonymous with the anti-war movement in Singapore during World War II. His commitment towards the resistance campaign against Japanese aggressors came with a hefty price. He was to suffer a heart-wrenching separation with his family and eventually sacrifice his own life. His incarceration in a prison for anti-Japanese activists was an ultimate test of faith. Yet the true hero never once faltered, not even under the harshest conditions imaginable. Lim fought his captors with his one and only weapon, an unbroken spirit. He died in triumph and his legacy lives on.
We know him best as the founder of modern Singapore. He was instrumental in bringing about the island’s development into a free port. Yet, how much else do we know of the life of Sir Stamford Raffles? And what of his other achievements? For instance, few are aware of the following:
- He was from a poor family and had to leave school after just two years of study.
- At a young’s age, he became the main breadwinner for the family.
- He learnt to speak Malay at a time when few other English officials could speak the language.
- In Bencoolen, he liberated the African slaves imported by the the government and even built a school for their school.
Learn more about this pioneer orientalist, humanitarian and naturalist. Here, at last, is an insight into the public and private life of Raffles, a man of vision who was way ahead of his contemporaries in his thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.