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A new interpretation of imperialism and environmental change, and the anxieties imperialism generated through environmental transformation and interaction with unknown landscapes. Tying together South Asia and Australasia, this book demonstrates how environmental anxieties led to increasing state resource management, conservation, and urban reform.
James Beattie is Senior Lecturer, History Programme at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He has published nearly 40 articles and chapters on Asian and Australasian environmental history, garden history, medical history, history of science and Asian art collecting, and sits on the editorial panels of several international journals, including Environment and History and New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies.
Table of Contents
Dedication List of Figures Acknowledgements Abbreviations Notes on the Author 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 Bibliography Index