The Face of the Earth: Environment and World History

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experience with the land. Their double vision is drawn for a moment to what is underfoot, rather than on the horizon. A newfound respect for Aboriginal practices, an increasingly sophisticated and scientific understanding of the land, 27 a new interest in the potential use values of native flora and fauna, and even a bold effort to forge a new system of governance of the Murray-Darling basin 28 all reflect efforts by Euro-Australians to come to terms with their land. In 1989, Prime Minister Bob Hawke stood at the junction of the suffering Murray and Darling Rivers to proclaim the government's statement of the environment, Our country our future. 29 Our country? A brave statement for a "semi-peripheral" nation buffeted by the harsh winds of global markets. Australia's experience with cotton reveals to us a land of colonizers, grappling with the dilemmas of the colonized.


Notes

I wish to thank the Fulbright Foundation/Australian-American Educational Foundation for providing the opportunity to travel to Australia in 1991-1992, and the Australian National University for hosting me. Special thanks go to John Merritt.

1.
Geoffrey Lawrence and Frank Vanclay, "Agricultural Changes in the Semiperiphery: Australia" in The Global Restructuring of AgroFood Systems, ed. Philip McMichael ( Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994).
2.
J. M. Powell, An Historical Geography of Modern Australia: The Restive Fringe ( Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988).
3.
Bob Hodge and Vijay Mishra, The Dark Side of the Dream: Australian Literature and the Postcolonial Mind ( Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1990), p. xvi. For an Australian exploration of the world sys-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 3
  • Notes 18
  • 2 22
  • Notes 44
  • 3 47
  • Notes 70
  • 4 76
  • Notes 120
  • 5 131
  • Notes 146
  • 6 150
  • Notes 163
  • The Greening of Gandhi - Gandhian Thought and the Environmental Movement in India 165
  • Notes 177
  • Selected Bibliography 180
  • Contributors 189
  • Index 193
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