Professor Prodyut Bhattacharya is former Dean of University School of Environment Management at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Government of NCT of Delhi, New Delhi. Currently, he is Professor in the area of Natural Resource Management. He has 26 years of experience in research, training, and teaching post-graduate and PhD students. Professor Bhattacharya is also Fellow of Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) of the University of California, Berkley, USA and Visiting Scientist Fellowship (JSPS) under University of Tsukuba, Japan. He has received advance training on community forestry and microfinance from RECOFTC, Kassetsart University, Bangkok and University of Naropa, Colorado, USA. He has worked as Associate Professor with the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, under Ministry of Environment and Forests, Goverment of India. He was the founder Coordinator to set up the International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF) at IIFM, Bhopal.
As vividly as John Krakauer puts readers on Everest, John Vaillant takes us into the heart of North America's last great forest.
Among the historical moments revisited here, a revolutionary nation arises from its environment and struggles to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. Abraham Lincoln, an unlettered citizen from the countryside, steers the Union through a moment of extreme peril, guided by his clear-eyed vision of nature's capacity for improvement. In Topeka, Kansas, transformations of land and life prompt a lawsuit that culminates in the momentous civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education.
By focusing on materials and processes intrinsic to all things and by highlighting the nature of the United States, Fiege recovers the forgotten and overlooked ground on which so much history has unfolded. In these pages, the nation's birth and development, pain and sorrow, ideals and enduring promise come to life as never before, making a once-familiar past seem new. The Republic of Nature points to a startlingly different version of history that calls on readers to reconnect with fundamental forces that shaped the American experience.
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