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Diana K. Davis

Diana K. Davis, a geographer and veterinarian, is Professor of History and Geography at the University of California, Davis, and author of the award-winning Resurrecting the Granary of Rome.

Titles by This Author

History, Power, Knowledge

Deserts are commonly imagined as barren, defiled, worthless places, wastelands in need of development. This understanding has fueled extensive anti-desertification efforts—a multimillion-dollar global campaign driven by perceptions of a looming crisis. In this book, Diana Davis argues that estimates of desertification have been significantly exaggerated and that deserts and drylands—which constitute about 41% of the earth’s landmass—are actually resilient and biodiverse environments in which a great many indigenous people have long lived sustainably.