Nature and Nation: Forests and Development in Peninsular Malaysia

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University of Hawaii Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 487 pages
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Nature and Nation explores the relations between people and forests in Peninsular Malaysia where the planet's richest terrestrial eco-system met head-on with the fastest pace of economic transformation experienced in the tropical world. It engages the interplay of history, culture, science, economics and politics to provide a holistic interpretation of the continuing relevance of forests to state and society in the moist tropics. Malaysia has long been singled out for emulation by developing nations, an accolade contradicted in recent years by concerns over its capital-, rather than poverty-driven forest depletion. The Malaysian case supports the call for re-appraisal of entrenched prescriptions for development that go beyond material needs. -- Book cover.

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Forests in the Pioneer Era 1874 c1900 Boon or Bane?
Forestry and State Formation 190141
Appropriating the Forest 190141
Segmented Space and Livelihoods
Reconciling Conflicting Claims
The Emergence of a Conservation Ethic PreWorld War II
Nature Ecology and Conservation
Integrating Biodiversity with Development Myth or Reality?
National Resource Global Heritage 19842000
The Politics of Resource
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Forest Area Timber and Revenue Extracted 19462000
Population Compared to Forest Area 18912006

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The Seminal Years of Forest Politics 194256
Development at a Price 195769
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Jeyamalar Kathirithamby-Wells is former chair of Asian history at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

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