Greg Bankoff


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Greg Bankoff is a social and environmental historian of Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  In particular, he writes on environmental-society interactions with respect to natural hazards, resources, human-animal relations, and issues of social equity and labour. 

Greg Bankoff is a social and environmental historian of Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  In particular, he writes on environmental-society interactions with respect to natural hazards, resources, human-animal relations, and issues of social equity and labour. 

Among his publications are Crime, Society and the State in the Nineteenth Century Philippines (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1996) and Cultures of Disaster: Society and Natural Hazard in the Philippines (London, RoutledgeCurzon, 2003).  He is also coeditor of Mapping Vulnerability: Disasters, Development and People (with George Frerks and Dorothea Hilhorst, London: Earthscan, 2004). 

Bankoff’s most recent books include a co-edited volume along with Peter Boomgaard, A History of Natural Resources in Asia: The Wealth of Nature (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007).

Books by this author

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Breeds of Empire

The ’Invention’ of the Horse in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa 1500-1950

Ships of empire carried more than people and products across the globe. They also brought horses to places not native to that animal. The book deals with the introduction, invention and use of the horse in the Philippines, Thailand and southern Africa as well as its roots and evolution within Indonesia.

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