Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World : A Global Ecological History

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/25/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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For centuries, bird guano has played a pivotal role in the agricultural and economic development of Latin America, East Asia, and Oceania. As their populations ballooned during the Industrial Revolution, North American and European powers came to depend on this unique resource as well, helping them meet their ever-increasing farming needs. This book explores how the production and commodification of guano has shaped the modern Pacific Basin and the world's relationship to the region. Marrying traditional methods of historical analysis with a broad interdisciplinary approach, Gregory T. Cushman casts this once little-known commodity as an engine of Western industrialization, offering new insight into uniquely modern developments such as environmental consciousness and conservation movements; the ascendance of science, technology, and expertise; international relations; and world war.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Abbreviations and acronyms
The guano age
Neo-ecological imperialism
Where is Banaba?
Conservation and the technocratic ideal
The most valuable birds in the world
When the Japanese came to dinner
The road to survival
Guano and the Blue Revolution
Select bibliography
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