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Wetlands of Mass Destruction: Ancient Presage for Contemporary Ecocide in Southern Iraq Robert B. France

Wetlands of Mass Destruction: Ancient Presage for Contemporary Ecocide in Southern Iraq

Robert B. France

Published April 1st 2007
ISBN : 9780971746831
Paperback
248 pages
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This important account investigates the ruin of the Mesopotamian marshes—historically one of the worlds most important wetland environments—along with the decimation of an area inhabited, since the time of the Sumerians, by thousands of peopleMoreThis important account investigates the ruin of the Mesopotamian marshes—historically one of the worlds most important wetland environments—along with the decimation of an area inhabited, since the time of the Sumerians, by thousands of people living on artificial islands of mud and reeds and depending on sustainable fishing and farming. Located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Iraq, the history of this important ecological and unique cultural jewel, which was destroyed under Saddam Hussein’s reign through a series of constructed dams and water diversions designed to eradicate the remaining marsh dwellers, is analyzed at length. Interspersed with ancient Mesopotamian inscriptions and Old Testament quotations, this is a sobering account of the deliberate destruction of an environment for the purpose of ethnic cleansing.Features• Presents over 30 rare, never before published photographs from the 1934 anthropology expedition to the marshlands• Includes essays by photographer Nik Wheeler, human rights advocate Baroness Emma Nicholson, author Rasheed Al-Khayoun and ecologist Robert France about the present state of the marshlands• Contains more than 20 photographs of Mesopotamian artifacts from the Harvard collection