The great convergence : environmental histories of BRICS / edited by S. Ravi Rajan, Lise Sedrez ; with a foreword by Jairam Ramesh.

New Delhi, India : Oxford University Press, 2018.
xix, 442 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
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This book is the result of a collaborative effort in which environmental historians from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa came together to offer new perspectives on the new and somehow intriguing entity. These scholars forged a dialogue from their own historical traditions to find common threads and common challenges. The contributors focus on three basic themes that can serve as building blocks for future research: the state, the civil society, and the academia, that is, what has been written in each country on the relations between nature and society over time. The historical perspective is crucial for understanding the environmental and social challenges which might be faced by the BRICS nations in the years to come.
Foreword / jairam Ramesh
Introduction / S. Ravi Rajan
Part I. The state. 1. State and environment in Brazil: in defence of society / Regina Horta Duarte
2. Russia, state power, and the environment / Paul Josephson
3. The state of environmental history in India / S. Ravi Rajan
4. The trajectory of contemporary China state's involvement in environmental issues / Xueqin Mei
5. The state, science, and environmental management in South Africa, c. 1870 to the present / William Beinart
Part II. Civil society. 6. Civil society and environmentalism in Brazil: the twentieth century's great acceleration / Jose Augusto Padua
7. Non-state actors in environmental history of Russia / Nicolai Dronin
8. The environment and civil society in India / Radhika Krishnan
9. Understanding the development of civil society and ENGOs in China since 1979 / Fei Sheng
10. From conservation to environmental justice: trends in the relationship between the state and environmental civil society organizations in South Africa / Farieda Khan
Part III. Historiography. 11. What do Brazilian environmental historians really do? an overview of research and main themes of the discipline / Lise Sedrez and Eunice Nodari
12. Russian environmental history: a historiographical review / Julia Lajus
13 Indian environmental history: an overview / S. Ravi Rajan and Rohan D'Souza
14. Making new wine in old casks: environmental history in China / Shen Hou
15. South Africa's environmental history: a historiography / Sandra Swart
16. The great convergence and historiography / S. Ravi Rajan
Papers presented at a workshop held at the Fundao Casa de Rui Barbosa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2014.
Includes bibliographical references (pages [365]-426) and index.
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