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By Olaf Bubenzer (auth.), Olaf Bubenzer, Michael Bollig (eds.)

Landscape reviews offer a vital standpoint into the interplay among people and their atmosphere, laying off perception on social, cultural, and monetary subject matters. The learn explores either the best way that normal procedures have affected the advance of tradition and society, in addition to the ways in which usual landscapes themselves are the made of historic and cultural techniques.

Most earlier reviews of the panorama selectively serious about both the usual sciences or the social sciences, however the learn awarded in African Landscapes bridges that hole. This paintings is exclusive in its interdisciplinary scope. over the last twelve years, the participants to this quantity have participated within the collaborative examine heart ACACIA (Arid weather variation and Cultural Innovation in Africa), which bargains with the connection among cultural strategies and ecological dynamics in Africa’s arid areas.

The case experiences offered right here come from more often than not Sahara/Sahel and southwestern Africa, and are all associated with broader discussions at the suggestion of panorama, and topics of cultural, anthropological, geographical, botanical, sociological, and archaeological curiosity. The contributions during this paintings are more suitable via complete colour images that placed the dialogue in context visually.

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Hettner (1923) criticises Passarge for only focussing on inorganic nature and vegetation when discussing landscapes and proposes that human interaction with geoecological processes must be part of the landscape analysis. The differentiation between cultural and natural landscapes became a major classificatory achievement of this period (see especially Sauer, 1925). Hard shows that in Germany between 1910 and 1940 landscape became a dominant concept in the humanities, in geography, and in artistic presentations.

Google-Earth presentation of the Darfur conflict (Courtesy Google-Earth in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington) (See also Color Plates) in vogue. The increasingly loose use of the landscape concept is mirrored in the UNESCO’s definition of landscapes for heritage protection. ), ‘organically evolved’ landscapes which ‘began as a particular socio-economic, administrative or religious initiative which evolved subsequently in association with and response to the natural environment’ are differentiated.

The Contributions to This Volume The volume falls into four sections: contributions to Part I adopt a natural sciences perspective, whereas papers in Part II take a historical vantage point. Part III has a social-anthropological outlook and contributions to Part IV deal with the relations amongst language, cognition, and landscape. Bubenzer starts the first section with an introduction into geosciences approaches to landscapes. He portrays the landscape concept as central and at the same time as contested in the history of geography.

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