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Author Beattie, James, 1977-
Title Empire and environmental anxiety [electronic resource] : health, science, art and conservation in South Asia and Australasia, 1800-1920 / James Beattie
Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xv, 320 p.)
Series Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-305) and index
Introduction -- Origins of Environmental Anxieties -- Imperial Health Anxieties -- Colonial Aesthetic Anxieties -- Scottish-trained Doctors : Environmental Anxieties and Imperial Development, 1780s-1870s -- German Science and Imperial Forestry, 1840s-1900s -- South Asian and Australasian Forestry -- Anxieties and Exchanges, 1870s-1920s -- Thwarting Imperial Agricultural Development : The Spectre of Drifting Sands, 1800s-1920s -- Conclusion
A fascinating new interpretation of imperialism and environmental change, revealing the anxieties imperialism generated through environmental transformation and interaction with unknown landscapes. Demonstrating that systematic deforestation accompanied anxieties about human-induced climate change, soil erosion, and a looming timber famine, the book illuminates colonial fears about the power of environments - and environmental change - to affect health. It looks at concerns at the ugliness of urban environments and attempts at improving their appearance, but it also argues that some of the conservation policies and bureaucracies that resulted from expressions of environmental anxiety represented a form of imperial control designed to generate revenue and to enable the more efficient exploitation of resources. Environmental anxiety tied together parts of South Asia and Australasia. Policies, people, plants and ideas were exchanged between these areas, but adapted in light of colonies' particular political, economic and environmental circumstances and problems
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Palgrave
Link Print version: Beattie, James, 1977- Empire and environmental anxiety. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 9780230553200 (DLC) 2011004888 (OCoLC)698330388
Subject Imperialism -- History -- 19th century
Environmental policy -- South Asia -- History -- 19th century
Environmental policy -- Australasia -- History -- 19th century
Public health administration -- South Asia -- History -- 19th century
Public health administration -- Australasia -- History -- 19th century
Science and state -- South Asia -- History -- 19th century
Science and state -- Australasia -- History -- 19th century
Imperialism -- Australasia -- History -- 19th century
Imperialism -- South Asia -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY -- Australia & New Zealand. bisacsh
HISTORY -- Asia -- India & South Asia. bisacsh
HISTORY -- Modern -- 19th Century. bisacsh
HISTORY -- Modern -- 20th Century. bisacsh
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