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After the Trees : Living on the Transamazon Highway

After the Trees : Living on the Transamazon Highway - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0292776807

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ISBN13: 978-0292776807
ISBN10: 0292776802 Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 1994
International: No

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After the Trees : Living on the Transamazon Highway - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0292776807

Douglas Ian Stewart

ISBN13: 978-0292776807
ISBN10: 0292776802 Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

Brazil intended the Transamazon Highway to be a paved road to riches, but as recently as 1989 the 1,000-kilometer trip from Belém to Altamira required "three days, six buses, three boats, and a ten-hour hitch with a truck driver named Eduardo" to travel.

This lively, readable study explores why colonization of the Amazon fell short of the planners' vision. Delving into issues of land distribution, soil ecology, and the colonists' adaptation to local ecosystems, Douglas Stewart uncovers the forces that drive deforestation.

Recounting fascinating stories of the colonists he met, Stewart also describes how small farmers have banded together during the past decade to overcome the challenges of the frontier. Their collective action, he asserts, if backed by government policy, could lead to progressive land redistribution and wiser use. This broad-ranging look at why deforestation has occurred in the Amazon, what its consequences are, and what can be done to halt and remedy the process should be read by everyone concerned with preserving the Latin American environment.

Author Bio

Stewart, Douglas Ian :

Douglas Ian Stewart currently teaches in Palo Alto, California. He did his field research in the Brazilian Amazon while earning degrees in history and Latin American studies from Stanford University. He also holds an M.A. in education from Stanford.

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