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Wetlands of Mass Destruction: Ancient Presage for Contemporary Ecocide in Southern Iraq Paperback – April 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0971746831 ISBN-10: 0971746834 Edition: 0th
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Editorial Reviews


"If we fail to recognize the signals, aided by the lessons from the historical precedents outlined in Wetlands of Mass Destruction, we will see the slow steady erosion of that which is most precious."  —Niall Kirkwood, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University

"In bringing together these ancient writings with an account of the ecological calamity besetting the marshlands of modern Iraq, Dr. France evokes the voices of the past to illustrate and explain the present."  —Joseph A. Green, Assistant Director of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University

"These haunting quotes from four thousand years ago leave us to ponder whether today's civilizations have the wisdom and the vision to avoid a world in which we are left searching for a 'single reed marsh' in a 'desolate wilderness.'"  —Henry Lee, Director of the Environment and Natural Resource Program, Harvard University

"A very good and important book that should be read not only by restoration ecologists and practitioners, but it is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about how closely connected are human and ecological systems." —Keith R. Edwards, Restoration Ecology

"I enjoyed the great black and white photographs. The quotes were keenly interesting and the essays were just great" —B. Howdy, Spokane Exchange

"Wetland of Mass Destruction is a small but great volume on the Southern Iraqi marshes that goes back to ancient Mesopotamia. . . . The volume includes wonderful photos of marsh life taken by Western archaeologists and journalists . . . that give a rich view of marshland life." —S. Hanish, Digest of Middle East Studies

"A fascinating result . . . [that] stimulates us to rethink how we should understand our historical sources. The present may indeed provide us with interesting questions in our study of the past." —Maurits W. Ertsen, Water History Journal

About the Author

Robert Lawrence France is a leading environmental scholar who has taught at Ca’Foscari University, Harvard University, and McGill University. He is the author of numerous journal articles and the author or editor of several books, including Deep Immersion: The Experience of Water, Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design, and Facilitating Watershed Management. Edward L. Ochsenschlager is a professor emeritus at Brooklyn College and the author of Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Libri Publishing (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971746834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971746831
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,793,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Environmental destruction of wetlands and no regard for the place they live - sounds like a modern issue, but it's not. "Wetlands of Mass Destruction: Ancient Presage for Contemporary Ecocide in Southern Iraq" is an examination of the fact that environmental destruction, especially in Iraq, is nothing new. Ancient Mesopotamian warlords used to do the same things that would make environmentalists cringe, some of which can be drawn to the line of the most recent Mesopotamian Warlord in Saddam Hussein. An eye opening look that the ancient world wasn't as innocent in affairs of the green than one would think, "Wetlands of Mass Destruction: Ancient Presage for Contemporary Ecocide in Southern Iraq" is an essential edition to any ecological history shelf.
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