Kate B. Showers

Kate B. Showers is a visiting research fellow and senior research associate at the Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex, England. She has lived in rural Lesotho and served as head of research, Institute of Southern African Studies, National University of Lesotho.

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Imperial Gullies · Soil Erosion and Conservation in Lesotho
By Kate B. Showers

Once the grain basket for South Africa, much of Lesotho has become a scarred and degraded landscape. The nation’s spectacular erosion and gullying have concerned environmentalists and conservationists for more than half a century. In Imperial Gullies: Soil Erosion and Conservation in Lesotho, Kate B. Showers documents the truth behind this devastation. Showers reconstructs the history of the landscape, beginning with a history of the soil.

“Undoubtedly one of the most important books written to date on any part of the environmental history of Africa. It stands out in the discipline of environmental history in general as an unusually sophisticated work of great insight and explanatory power.”

Richard H. Grove, author of Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens, and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1600–1860