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Livestock In A Changing Landscape, Volume 1

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The rapidly changing nature of animal production systems, especially increasing intensification and globalization, is playing out in complex ways around the world. Over the last century, livestock keeping evolved from a means of harnessing marginal resources to produce items for local consumption to a key component of global food chains. Livestock in a Changing Landscape offers a comprehensive examination of these important and far-reaching trends.
 
The books are an outgrowth of a collaborative effort involving international nongovernmental organizations including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), and the Scientific Committee for Problems of the Environment (SCOPE).
 
Volume 1 examines the forces shaping change in livestock production and management; the resulting impacts on landscapes, land use, and social systems; and potential policy and management responses.
 
Volume 2 explores needs and draws experience from region-specific contexts and detailed case studies. The case studies describe how drivers and consequences of change play out in specific geographical areas, and how public and private responses are shaped and implemented.
 
Together, the volumes present new, sustainable approaches to the challenges created by fundamental shifts in livestock management and production, and represent an essential resource for policy makers, industry managers, and academics involved with this issue.


Becoming A Borderland

RRP $242.99

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This book looks afresh at how power was configured in the western borderlands of northeastern India in colonial times. It focuses on a dramatic transformation of this region --- from being one with rich historical connections with the surrounding polities of Tibet, Nepal, Bengal and Assam, into a fragmented zone of polities and a colonial borderland.

The book begins in a period when the links of this region with the imagined core of Indian history were less significant than those with other areas. It focuses on the negotiated character of state formation during the Mughal imperium in the pre-colonial period, and into the colonial where it looks at some of the early interventions of the East India Company and of the 19th-century colonial state, emphasising the contestations between colonial and local notions of space and power. It then explores connections between speech, political culture and economy and the reinvention of history, focusing on the cultural production of a borderland identity that was marked by a hyphenated existence between proto-`Bengal' and proto-`Assam'.

Becoming a Borderland uses a range of sources that include petitions, writings in newspapers and periodicals, travel writings, printed lectures, oral traditions, maps, history texts and records from the colonial archive to make its arguments persuasively. The book contributes to new ways of understanding region and ethnicity in northeastern India. It will be of interest to scholars of history, politics, economics, migration and development studies and to those interested in researching issues related to the history of northeastern India.

Becoming a Borderland is a fresh look at how power was configured in colonial times through spatial strategies. The book writes the spatial history of the western borderlands of northeastern India, focusing on its dramatic transformation within a span of a few decades, from a region with rich historical connections with the surrounding polities of Tibet, Nepal, Bengal and Assam, into a fragmented zone of polities and a colonial borderland. In its interest in issues of spatial analysis which it brings to bear for the first time in the context of northeastern India, the book forms part of an emerging genre of historical writing on borderlands and foregrounds new templates of connected histories that interrogates those moments in post-colonial history writing that routinely study the local or the region as mere `fragments'.


In A Land Of Plenty

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In a small town somewhere in the middle of England, the aftermath of the Second World War brings change. For ambitious industrialist Charles Freeman, it brings new opportunities and marriage to Mary. He buys the big house on the hill to cement their union and nail his aspirations to the future.

In quick succession, three sons and a daughter bring life to the big house and, with it, the seeds of joy and tragedy. Simon, large and ebullient like his father, follows in his footsteps into the business; James becomes a photographer and proceeds to document the town; Robert, wilful and self-assured, submerges himself in the darker side of life; and Alice, a dippy individualist who is almost transformed into a picture of convention when she succumbs to the efficient attentions of Harry Singh, grocer's boy turned property entrepreneur.

Charles' business grows in direct proportion to his girth and becomes synonymous with the town's fortunes as Britain claws its way from the grey austerity of the war years.

As times change, so do their fortunes for better and worse, ebbing and flowing as the years go by. Their stories create a generous epic, an extraordinarily rich and plangent hymn to the death and perhaps rebirth of middle England over the past fifty years.

At its heart are a diverse and persuasive cast of loveable and odious characters whose various attempts to break free are chronicled in an addictive and compelling narrative of extraordinary power and resonance.

About the Author

Tim Pears is the author of five novels - In the Place of Fallen Leaves (which won the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), In a Land of Plenty, A Revolution of the Sun, Wake Up and Blenheim Orchard. In a Land of Plenty was made into a ten-part BBC TV series. Tim Pears has also received the Lannan Award in USA. He lives in Oxford.


Tools For A New Trade

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The basic premise: An industrial and consumer environment built upon ubiquitous connectivity, affordable and sophisticated computing, virtually unlimited data storage, and category convergences driven by the resulting information flows, will necessarily feature a different set of qualities (at every level) from those to which we had become accustomed in bygone times.

The fourteen chapters of this book isolate different aspects of the environment described - such as Fundamentals, Methods, Cycles, Leverage, Diffusion, Concentration, and others - presenting them with an emphasis on finance, strategy, markets, valuation, and general economic issues impacting enterprise and individuals alike.

Dan Ramsden has been professionally active in institutional capital markets and investment banking for more than twenty years. In the past decade his focus has turned exclusively to the digital sectors and their innovations, some early impressions of which are collected in a previous publication, The Age of Convergence.

The author's experience has taught him certain fundamental precepts, one of which is this: Everything changes, many things relate, and some things repeat. Knowing which of these things is which is the ongoing challenge in technology, commerce, and finance, which are all connected.


Alice In Wonderland

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Alice was just an ordinary girl - imaginative and curious and thirsting for adventure. She was an ordinary girl, that is, until she found herself instantly transported to a place that was anything but ordinary.

After diving down a rabbit hole, young Alice encounters a magical world ruled by a vicious Queen. It is a world where anything can happen; a world filled with a talking caterpillar, a puppy as big as a house, and a Cheshire cat that can disappear and reappear in the blink of an eye. Are these colorful characters real? And if so, how will Alice ever find her way back home?

Beloved for more than a century, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is widely viewed as Lewis Carroll's masterpiece; a fantastic journey that will never be forgotten.

About the Author

Lewis Carroll was the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He was born on 27th January 1832 in the county of Cheshire, England and was the third of eleven children. Carroll went to study at Oxford University's Christ Church.

Henry Liddell arrived at Christ Church with his wife and children to serve as the new dean. Carroll became a close friend to the family, and would entertain Liddell's children with his fantastic stories. At the insistence of Alice, one of Liddell's daughters, Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures Underground in 1864. This collection of stories served as the basis for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which was published one year later.

When Alice's Adventures in Wonderland became an overwhelming success, Carroll published a sequel, known as Through the Looking Glass, in 1872. As he continued with his writing and teaching careers, Carroll also pursued a number of other passions including art and photography. He is also credited with inventing a word game known as Doublets.

Lewis Carroll passed away on 14th January 1898 at the age of 65.



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